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Expert Doctors Team To Bid Adieu To NTR Trust Cancer Hospital

Times of India
22 June 2010
By Bushra Baseerat
Hyderabad, India

Expert Doctors Team To Bid Adieu To NTR Trust Cancer Hospital
In a huge set back to the prestigious Indo American Cancer Hospital (IACH), a team of eight specialists led by Dr Ch Mohana Vamsy is moving out of the hospital on June 30.

Incidentally, the 380–bedded hospital which will complete 10 years on June 22 might have little to celebrate on the day. For IACH, most of the referrals come on Dr Vamsy’s name and his exit means a drastic reduction in the patient load, say hospital sources.

Catering to the largest number of cancer patients from across the state after MNJ Cancer Hospital, this ever bustling non–profit organisation promoted by Nandamuri Basava Taraka Ramarao Memorial Cancer Foundation and Indo American Cancer Organisation, has 150 new out–patient cases and 40 admissions per day. Those at the helm agree that Dr Vamsy, who joined the hospital eight years ago, contributed in a big way in making the hospital self sufficient now with its monthly collections amounting to around Rs 8 crore.

Dr Vamsy’s sudden exit, sources say, is in response to the tension brewing at the hospital since past six to seven months when Dr Kakarla Subba Rao (former director of Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences) joined as the chairman of the trust. According to sources, Dr Rao tried to introduce certain administrative measures overnight and the staff did not like it. "With Kakarla coming in, Vamsy, holding the post of the director of the hospital felt suppressed. Kakarla was taking radical decisions and he even terminated doctors and paramedical staffers without notice. On March 30 this year when all the staffers held a protest, Kakarla resigned from his post," said a source.

While Kakarla resigned, film actor N Balakrishna was made the chairman and people thought that things will get back to normal but the news of Dr Vamsy’s resignation came as a jolt. Dr Vamsy is starting a specialised 150–bedded cancer hospital, Omega hospital, close to IACH which will start operating from July.

But IACH’s troubles are not restricted to the exit of doctors alone. The hospital has taken loans from banks for its upgradation to a 500–bedded hospital.

While the construction is on, officials at the hospital said that the revenue being generated by the hospital currently should continue so that the loans are paid. After Dr Vamsy’s departure, the hospital will be left with no known doctors. Until a new team of specialists is put in place, the hospital authorities are expecting a lull in patient in–flow.

Set up by former chief minister N T Rama Rao and several philanthropists, scientists and physicians from India and US, the hospital’s 7.5 acre land was given by the government on a long term lease during Chandrababu Naidu’s tenure as chief minister. IACH was the dream of late Nandamuri Basava Tarakam, wife of N T Rama Rao who herself succumbed to the deadly disease.

When asked about his resignation, Dr Vamsy told TOI that there was a requirement of more cancer hospitals in the city with the patient load increasing by the day.

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