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Escorts cuts post of ED to size

Escorts cuts post of ED to size

Fortis Healthcare has scrapped the post of an all-powerful executive director and created seven divisions in Escorts Heart Institute, following Dr Nafesh Trehan’s departure. The ripples created by Dr Trehan’s exit, meanwhile, continue with an Apollo hospital spokesperson cliaming that 40 doctors and four medical staff from Escorts Heart Institute have joined the hospital on Monday. The hospital has revamped their existing facility to accomodate the new doctors, and some more doctors are expected to join in a day or two, he added. Says Fortis MD, Shivinder Singh: “About 40-50 people have put in their papers. Half of them are doctors. We are not looking for any immediate replacement. Most of the senior doctors in the hospital have stayed back and that is the vote of confidence to the management.”

Announcing the organisational changes, Mr. Singh said Dr T S Kler has been appointed as executive director for cardiac sciences and Dr Anil Karlekar will head the anaesthesia and critical care medicine, a post vacated by Dr Trehan’s dose associate Dr Yatin Mehta. Dr K S Iyer will head the paediatric cardiac surgery and Dr Meharwal, Dr Yugal Mishra and Dr Vijay Kohli will be directors for adult cardiac surgery. The other divisions are in non medical segment. Fortis plans to invest Rs 30 crore to upgrade Escorts hospital’s facilities and equipment over the next couple of years.

70 or Z4’nrehaify camp, Fortis now differ over exodus

70 or Z4’nrehaify camp, Fortis now differ over exodus

A DAY after he put in his papers, Dr Naresh Trehan and Fortis Healthcare are at it again. This time it’s over the number of doctors who are quitting Escorts Heart Institute to go with Dr Trehan to Apollo Hospital.

While a source close to Dr Trehan said 70 medicos, mostly doctors and few paramedics, have submitted their resignation letters to the Fortis management, a spokesperson of Fortis Healthcare said only 12 doctors and 12 para-medics have resigned. The Fortis management maintained that less than 15 doctors will leave the hospital and there is no need to press the panic button or have a back up plan to recruit doctors. Dr Trehan’s camp says the number will swell in the coming days.

Ii is learnt that many Dr Trehan loyalists at Escorts who have put in their papers or are thinking of doing so are not sure where they will be absorbed at Apollo. A factor that could prevent a mass-scale exit of doctors is Apollo’s capacity to absorb them. The 650-bed Apollo has around 300 doctors and 25 cardiac surgeon. When contacted, a spokesperson of Indraprastha Apollo Hospital said: “It is too early to say if we can accommodate the whole team. We are waiting for the exact numbers to come.”

Meanwhile, there is also uncertainty over the future of about 700 nurses who are being trained at Escorts for being placed in the US. These nurses have been recruited by US-based nurse placement company TPAN (owned by Dr Trehan’s brother Naveen Trehan and Samir Parikh). Escorts incurs an expenditure of over Rs 8 crore as annual salaries for these trainee nurses. Fortis sources say about 70% of these nurses are redundant as the hospital employs 500 full-time nurses forks 3 32-bed hospital.

Meanwhile, Fortis Healthcare shares touched an all time low of Rs 86.05 on Thursday, but recovered to dose at Rs 88.50, down 1.02 %. The Apollo Hospital share price fell by 1.4% to Rs 496.60.

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