Pimpri, 5th January 2024: In a significant move, the Maharashtra state government has decided to enforce a ‘No Reference’ policy in government hospitals. This policy aims to ensure that patients receive quality treatment within the government healthcare system, without being referred to private hospitals.
The State Health Minister, Dr. Tanaji Sawant, emphasized the commitment of the government to provide top-notch healthcare within the public sector. The decision comes as a response to the high quality of doctors in government hospitals, surpassing those in private institutions.
According to Dr. Sawant, strict action will be taken against any doctor found violating the ‘No Reference’ policy. The government’s objective is to streamline the treatment process and discourage referrals to private healthcare facilities.
The announcement was made during the inauguration of the ‘Atal Mahaarogya free camp’ organized by BJP city president Shankar Jagtap in honor of the late MLA Laxman Jagtap. The camp aims to provide free medical services to the citizens of Maharashtra.
Various dignitaries, including MP Shrirang Barne, MLA Ashwini Jagtap, and PCMC Municipal Commissioner Shekhar Singh, were present at the event. During the camp, MP Barne highlighted the need for water treatment plants to address the high incidence of cancer in Maharashtra due to impure water supply.
The Municipal Commissioner assured year-round treatment facilities for disabled individuals and advocated for the inclusion of municipal hospitals in health schemes for maximum patient benefit.
In a statement, Shankar Jagtap shared that over the past nine years, the camp has served one and a half to two lakh patients annually. This year, more than 150 hospitals and around 2 thousand doctors will participate in providing free medical services, including X-rays, sonography, blood tests, and dialysis for about 5 thousand people.
The health camp is dedicated to the late MLA Laxman Jagtap, who initiated the concept nine years ago. MLA Ashwini Jagtap expressed pride in dedicating the camp to the people’s leader, emphasizing the importance of proactive healthcare solutions before disasters.