LAHORE: Punjab’s largest Mayo Hospital, Lahore, is in financial trouble as its liabilities crossed the Rs 1 billion mark for the first time.
Worrying reports from the hospital warn that patient care will worsen further in the coming weeks at the city’s main public sector teaching hospital if a ‘dose of Rs1.1bn’ is not injected to fill the institute’s deficit.
One of the main reasons for the situation is said to be the “discrimination” inflicted by the Punjab government while allocating an annual budget to the 150-year-old hospital to meet emergency needs.
The financial crisis hit Mayo Hospital when it emerged that its annual budget (by bed count) was still lower than that of 11 other public hospitals in the city.
The report says that the annual budget per bed of the 150-bed Kot Khwaja Saeed Government Hospital, Lahore, is much higher than that of Mayo Hospital.
Report suggests allocation per bed is much lower than at 11 city hospitals
The report suggests that Mayo Hospital is even larger in terms of number of designated beds, patient load, infrastructure, human resources and health services than 11 other teaching hospitals in Lahore and those operating in other other parts of the province.
It also has an advantage over other hospitals as the Mayo has been serving mankind since 1871.
The comparative analysis of the city’s 12 public educational institutes reveals the extent of the financial crisis.
The report said that companies and contractors stopped supplying life-saving drugs, gaseous oxygen, equipment and other resources to the hospital when its outstanding amount exceeded Rs1bn.
Speaking of lifeblood, the report states that the hospital is facing a serious challenge of acute shortage of oxygen for critical patients as the contractor has demanded the institute to pay the first outstanding amount of 50 million. rupees to get more supplies/services.
Similarly, other businesses and corporations also impose the same conditions on the hospital which houses 72 wards, 60 operating theaters, multi-storey buildings and towers providing specialized healthcare to a large number of patients.
The report titled “Budget Comparison with Other Institutes/Hospitals in FY 2021-22” indicates that 11 public hospitals got 10-78% higher budget [according to bed strength] compared to Mayo Hospital.
According to the analysis, the government has allocated an annual budget of Rs 8.2 billion to Mayo Hospital which houses 2,484 beds, the most of any other public sector hospital in Punjab.
Of this amount, only Rs 3.3 million was allocated based on bed strength, while hospital bed occupancy increased to 114%.
On the other hand, the 30-bed Punjab Dental Hospital got Rs 15.1 million as per the strength of the beds out of the total budget [Rs453m]about 78% more than that of Mayo.
Similarly, Kot Khwaja Saeed Hospital has only 149 beds and got 8.5 million rupees (per bed) out of the total allocated annual budget of 1.2 billion rupees, which is 61% more than that of Mayo .
The 547-bed Punjab Heart Institute (PIC) got a budget of 7.7 million rupees (per bed), which is 57% more than Mayo. Its annual budget was 4.2 billion rupees.
The 1,500-bed Jinnah Hospital received 34pc (per bed) more than Mayo from its Rs 7.4 billion annual budget, the 1,600-bed Services Hospital 10pc more on the allowance 5.9 billion rupees, the 954 bed Sir Ganga Ram Hospital 20pc more on the total budget of 3 rupees. 0.9 billion, 300-bed Shahdara Government Teaching Hospital 10% over total budget Rs 1.1 billion, 235-bed Lady Willingdon Hospital 15% over expenditure Rs 913 million, Government Hospital The 195-bed Nawaz Sharif Yakki Gate got 34% more on the Rs 977m allocation, while the 164-bed Mian Munshi Government Hospital received 11% more than Mayo Hospital on its Rs 612m annual budget rupees.
The administration of Mayo Hospital has requested funds amounting to Rs 1.1 billion through an additional grant to pull it out of crises.
He asked the government to increase the budget allocation from Rs8.2bn to Rs15.3bn according to the financial burden which has increased over the years.
Posted in Dawn, July 8, 2022