B.R. Shetty Group’s Bankruptcy Hits Dialysis Centres in Govt. Hospitals

With businessman B.R. Shetty’s group having gone financially bankrupt, the State government on Thursday informed the Legislative Assembly that many dialysis centres in government hospitals across the State have become dysfunctional and efforts will be made to restore them in a month, The Hindu reported. In a reply to D.S. Suresh (BJP), Minister for Health and Family Welfare, K. Sudhakar said the previous government had outsourced services to B.R. Shetty’s health firm to deliver services at dialysis centres in government hospitals, but in many places the centres have not been providing services. The group has not paid salaries to staff for many months, and the government has been paying from the National Health Mission, Mr. Sudhakar said. The Minister said the government would foreclose tenders and call fresh tenders for the operation of the dialysis centres. Mr. Sudhakar also said that the department was planning to take legal action against the firm for its failure to honour commitments in delivery of services to poor patients. Read more.