Vikash Sharma

The Odisha government on Friday de-empanelled South Point hospital in Cuttack over allegations of massive irregularities and embezzlement of Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) funds.

The Commissionerate Police had recently arrested five persons including the owner and staff of the private hospital on charges of embezzling BSKY funds by duping residents of 42 Mouza area.

Apart from de-empanelment, the state government has also announced to disengage the Swasthya Mitra deployed at the concerned hospital.

“The district administration has been requested to shift the patient undergoing treatment under BSKY in the said hospital to appropriate BSKY empanelled private hospital or to Govt. facilities for further continuance of uninterrupted treatment,” said health secretary, Shalini Pandit in a release.

Senior officials said that the State team has been instructed to further investigate into the claims raised by the said hospital earlier vis-a-vis claims scrutinized by Claim Panel Doctors of State Health Assurance Society.

Similarly, intensive patient feedback is being collected through outbound calls to past patients of South Point Hospital in order to check past fraud, if any.

It is pertinent to mention here that South Point Hospital in collusion with brokers allegedly withdrew several lakhs of rupees by generating fictitious and false bills without hospitalization of patients. The actual card holders or beneficiaries were given a sum of Rs 2000.

(Reported by Harihar Chand)