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Heat on Left leader’s hospital

Midnapore, April 30: The government has asked a private hospital owned by an NGO run by the West Midnapore CPM secretary to shut down its intensive care and dialysis units citing lack of infrastructure.

A health department official said a notice was served after a team inspected the hospital in January.

“We have asked the private hospital to close down its ICU and dialysis unit because they lack proper infrastructure. The action was taken after the inspection team submitted its report to the health department,” said Asit Biswas, the additional director of health services.

The Telegraph tried to contact Dipak Sarkar, the district CPM secretary who runs the NGO, but calls to his cellphone went unanswered.

According to sources in the NGO — the Centre for Advancement of Higher Education — the 25-bed hospital was set up in 2004 under the banner of the Vidyasagar Institute of Health. The eight-bed ICU and the two-bed dialysis unit were set up in 2006.

A district health official said: “The inspection team said in its report that the technical staff manning the equipment in the ICU were not adequately qualified and the ventilator in the dialysis unit was not working.”

The principal of the Vidyasagar Institute of Health, Nandadulal Bhattacharya, said that after the notice came, the ICU and the dialysis unit was closed down. “We will rectify our mistakes and apply to the health department for permission to restart the two units,” he said.

The NGO also runs a college offering graduate and postgraduate courses in nutrition and dietetics, pathology and medical laboratory technology from the same campus where the hospital is located. An official of the Centre for Advancement of Higher Education said the college was affiliated to the Vidyasagar University and the University of Health Sciences.