PANJIM: Doctors of Asilo hospital have decided not to give their 'willingness to work' under PPP management at the new north Goa district hospital at Mapusa until the government gives them in writing that they will remain as government employees.
Responding to their demand, health minister Vishwajit Rane has assured to give the same in writing to the doctors. Besides, majority of nurses and class IV Asilo hospital staff have also refused to give their 'willingness to work' with PPP management.
Rane and director of health services(DHS) Rajananda Desai held a marathon discussion with Asilo doctors on Friday to convince them to give their 'willingness to work' under PPP management.  "We will not give willingness until we get in writing. This is what we have told the health minister," said a senior consultant.
Agreeing to the demands of doctors, Rane directed Desai to give in writing that they will remain with the government and will be sent on deputation to work with PPP management, the senior consultant said.  "Once we receive something written from DHS, then individual doctors will take their own decisions," he added.
Mapusa hospital has around 435 staff, including 55 doctors, 140 nurses, 190 group D class workers (sweepers, servants, patient attendants etc), 8 lab technicians, 6 X-ray technicians, 20 office staff and 16 drivers.
Directorate of health services on June 7 issued a circular to Asilo hospital asking all 435 staff, including consultants, to give in writing by Saturday their willingness to join the service provider - Radiant Life Care Pvt Ltd which will run and manage the new district hospital under PPP mode.
The circular also mentioned that the services rendered under the management will be on deputation basis and the service conditions will continue to be the same which are presently in force.
The circular also mentioned that those who are not willing to work under the new management/PPP will be posted to other centres depending on the vacancies. This circular was issued by director of DHS Rajananda Desai.
Majority of nurses and class 4 staff have refused to give their wiliness to work under PPP management. "We don't want to work under private operator that is why we have not given our willingness to work under PPP management," an Asilo nurse said


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