“After we came to know that PMC-run hospitals are in dearth of permanent gynaecologists, we decided to offer services of some doctors at minimum honorary rates. We will be sending a letter to (PMC Medical Officer of Health) Dr S T Pardeshi for the same on Friday. We are astonished that the PMC never approached us as we could have deployed doctors much earlier,” NIGOA joint secretary Dr Mandar Ranade said.
There are 17 PMC-run hospitals in the city. Barring Naidu Hospital, others are maternity hospitals. Some hospitals have honorary gynaecologists who are called when needed, but the PMC has no permanent post of gynaecologist at its hospitals. Most PMC-run hospitals divert high-risk pregnancies that need surgical intervention to Sassoon General Hospital and Kamla Nehru Hospital for delivery.
“If NIGOA offers its services for free, we can immediately take them on board but in case of honorary doctors, I need to take permission from the commissioner and a panel has to be formed. Also. we already have a panel of honorary doctors,” Pardeshi said.