HYDERABAD: Corporate and private hospitals called off their strike Monday evening and medical services under the Aarogyasri scheme were resumed.
The Telangana Super-specialty Private Hospitals Association (TESHA) and Arogyasri network hospitals held meetings on the matter and took the decision after the Telangana government assured them that it would release `100 crore and resolve other issues raised by the hospitals as well.
The network hospitals went on strike on Thursday with corporate hospitals joining them from midnight Sunday demanding the payment of dues of more than `350 crore.
They also wanted the redrafting of an MoU which the hospital owners claimed was drafted by the Aarogyasri Health Care Trust without consulting them. “A committee was formed to resolve the issues. They said the MoU will be redrafted and the amount will be paid by the end of this month. Repayment will start in a couple of days,” said Dr B Bhaskar Rao, president of TESHA.
“A committee headed by Nizam’s Institute of Medical Scinces (NIMS) director Dr K Manohar, was formed to look into redrafting of the MoU and revision of packages under Aarogyasri scheme,” said Dr P Sudheer Kumar, a core committee member of the Telangana Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (THNHA).
Over the past a few days as medical services were stopped, scores of poor patients who wanted to avail of the Aarogyasri Scheme for emergency medical help, were forced to look at other options for treatment.