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News Entry# 288549
Dec 14 2016 (07:43)  Central railway reworks tender and looks into earlier tenders for service providers to run EMR (
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NAVI MUMBAI: Saddled with increasing financial difficulties of service providers to run the emergency medical room (EMR) at stations, central railway (CR) is looking at either re-tendering or enhancing the three year contracts that it entered into earlier at 10 stations so that they can avail of the food and drug administration (FDA) license requiring five year period to operate chemist shop at the premises as a revenue earning model.
The CR though has factored in the 5-year agreement period in the new tenders. Sources pointed out that the two new tenders for Kurla and Ghatkopar to be floated on Thursday has the five-year provision for agreement. Bidders had shied away from earlier tendering.CR said the re-working or re-tendering was to ensure
smooth functioning of the 24x7 free medical aid to railway commuters.The service provider at Wadala and Dadar where the EMR started this year have also complained about the issue of finance aspect while Panvel station that started EMR in October last year has not been functional of late, according to railway sources. Reportedly, the station manager, D K Gupta has also written to the concerned authorities--- divisional railway manager and chief medical supervisor.
CR operated the Dadar EMR from 2011, but handed it over to a private hospital earlier this year.
The EMR requires the service provider to provide free medical aid to railway commuters either in case of accident or any commuter developing sudden health problem. The patient can opt to continue health care service at the hospital that runs the particular EMR, and if so then the hospital makes money.
Currently, seven stations have EMR facility. They are at Dadar, Wadala, Panvel, Mulund, Thane, Kalyan and Dombivili. Along with Vashi, Diva and Karjat the service providers at the 10 stations have entered 3-year agreement. EMR yet to go functional at the last three stations. The only exception being Kurla and Ghatkopar for which the tender has a five year agreement period to facilitate FDA nod for operating chemist shop to boost revenue model.
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