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No stopping after retirement: Dr Badwe to strengthen breast cancer dept at TMH

Dr Badwe joined Tata Hospital in July 1983 as a resident doctor and became a director in 2008. He got an extension as a director earlier. While there were only two hospitals- TMH in Parel and ACTREC in Kharghar when Dr Badwe took over as a director of TMC

No stopping after retirement: Dr Badwe to strengthen breast cancer dept at TMH
Updated on Nov 30, 2023 07:02 AM IST

TMH study finds pediatric cancer survival rate shooting up

Of a total of 14,043 patients treated by the department between 2010 and 2018, 10,799 have survived, resulting in an overall survival rate of 48 percent throughout the study period. Dr Shripad Banavali, director of academics at TMC

Bengaluru, India - Aug. 8, 2018: Friends congratulate Dhriti for shaving her head during the Gift Hair Gift Confidence campaign at Mount Carmel College in Bengaluru, India, on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. More than 50 students donated hair for the marginalised cancer patients. They donated in two sizes 8 inches or 10 inches. The Cherian foundation in partnership with Ladies Circle India and B&H Exports made such first ever initiative in Bengaluru. After the Pan India hair donation drive the mega wig donation drive to Kidwai Memorial Hospital and subsequently Adyar Cancer Institute will happen. (Photo by Arijit Sen/Hindustan Times) (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 30, 2023 06:54 AM IST

After CM’s intervention, hospital discharges patient amid billing controversy

Halima Sayed, 62, was discharged from Wockhardt Hospital in Mumbai after a 36-hour ordeal due to a billing dispute. Despite her sons paying ₹7.9 lakh of the ₹11-lakh bill, the hospital insisted on full payment before releasing her. The issue was resolved after the chief minister’s office intervened. The incident highlights the need for government regulation of pricing in private healthcare. The Bombay High Court has previously called the practice of detaining patients over disputed bills "inhuman".

After CM’s intervention, hospital discharges patient amid billing controversy
Updated on Nov 29, 2023 08:00 AM IST
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Breach Candy hosp to be pulled down; Jaslok to add more space

Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai will begin operations from a new 11-storey building next year, while Jaslok Hospital is undergoing expansion plans. The additional space will allow for the setup of state-of-the-art treatment facilities in order to compete with other private healthcare facilities in south Mumbai. The estimated cost of the new Breach Candy building is ₹300 crores and will feature an OPD, operation theatre, ICU, and patient wards. Jaslok Hospital is also revamping its facilities to improve patient movement and meet growing healthcare demands. Both hospitals will have separate parking facilities.

Breach Candy Hospital will operate from an 11-storey building, Jaslok adding annexes. (Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo))
Updated on Nov 28, 2023 07:58 AM IST

Deceased five-year-old’s organs donated at Wadia Hospital

Five-year-old girl donated her heart, kidneys and cornea after she was declared brain-dead at B J Wadia Hospital, Parel, on Monday. The girl, a special child, was admitted last week to a Chembur hospital and shifted to Wadia Hospital on November 22

Deceased five-year-old’s organs donated at Wadia Hospital
Updated on Nov 28, 2023 07:06 AM IST

Now, BMC to provide tetra milk packets in all civic-run hospitals

A BMC official said initially, the civic body thought of going ahead with the procurement of milk packets. “It took us four months before we decided to go ahead with tetra packs, as they are easy to store and can be used as per the day’s requirement.”

This marks the first time that the CPD will oversee the tendering of milk purchases for all civic hospitals. To accommodate the shift to tetra packs, BMC has increased its budget from <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>14 crore to <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>42 crore. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Nov 27, 2023 08:18 AM IST

Helium gas used to revive MRI machine at busy Nair hospital

Dr Sudhir Medhekar, dean, said MRI services will be given to hospitalised patients on priority and those in emergency. The 1600-bed civic run hospital’s radiology department conducts MRI of 30 people including inpatient, emergency services and outpatients each day.

On October 14, HT had reported how doctors were forced to refer patients to nearby private diagnostic centres and public hospitals after the MRI machine stopped working in the beginning of the month. (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 24, 2023 09:14 AM IST

BMC announces ‘zero prescription policy’ in its hospitals

The BMC in Mumbai has announced a 'zero prescription policy' that will allow patients to obtain all necessary medicines from civic hospitals, eliminating the need to purchase them from outside drug stores. The BMC's central purchase department has expanded its list of procured items from 1,000 to 4,000, covering medicines, drugs, and surgical items. The move comes after an inquiry into the artificial shortage of medicines at BMC-run hospitals, which forced patients to buy them externally. The BMC aims to become the first municipal corporation in India to implement such a policy.

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Updated on Nov 24, 2023 08:54 AM IST

State fast tracks SoBo medical college proposal

The state medical education department in Mumbai has ordered the Public Works Department to vacate a 12-storey building in GT Hospital to make way for a new state-run medical college. The building, currently occupied by various state departments, will be emptied in 15 days. The new medical college will be in addition to 13 other state-run medical colleges recently approved by the state, in an effort to improve healthcare infrastructure and address the shortage of doctors.

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Updated on Nov 22, 2023 08:08 AM IST

Gas leakage and cylinder blast in Bandra injures 10

The Fitter Gully area is part of thousands of shanties, mostly ground-plus-one structures. According to the Mumbai fire brigade, the fire was confined to the electric wiring, electric installation and a stock of clothes in a 10ft-by-10ft house

Mumbai, India - Nov 18, 2023 : 8 people were injured after a cylinder blast in Filtar Galli Gazdhar bandh, Khar, in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Nov 18, 2023. (Photo by Vijay Bate/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 19, 2023 06:34 AM IST

Govt revives plan for medical college in south Mumbai

The state medical education department plans to revive a proposal to set up a new state-run medical college in south Mumbai, with a capacity for 100 students. The proposal has faced delays due to lack of political will. Currently, Mumbai has only one state-run medical college.

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Updated on Nov 19, 2023 06:30 AM IST

Powai resident injured in Bandra Worli Sea Link accident passes away

56-year-old Powai resident injured in BWSL accident on Nov 9, died on Nov 15 at Lilavati Hospital. Driver also injured, recovering. Accused driver booked.

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Updated on Nov 17, 2023 06:52 AM IST

‘Address mental health crisis in Maha’s resident docs’

MARD demands waiver of penalty for resident doctors with mental health issues; highlights toxic work culture and long hours as reasons for mental health crisis.

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Updated on Nov 17, 2023 06:28 AM IST

Data shows rise in mental health related deaths in the state

All 26 deaths in 2019 were due to schizophrenia and delusional disorders. But in subsequent years, mental and behavioural disorders due to psychoactive substance use constituted a major reason for death

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Updated on Nov 16, 2023 05:19 PM IST

Mumps outbreak in Mumbai’s poorer areas causes worry

The mumps virus spreads through direct contact with infected saliva or through respiratory droplets from an infected person’s nose, mouth or throat. While there is no definitive treatment, patients are given medicines to treat body ache and fever, asked to apply cold or warm compresses on their swollen salivary glands and drink plenty of water and fluids

Mumbai, India - Nov. 9, 2023: Dr Shilpa Varma, the doctor who treatment to Mumps patient 9 years old Zinath Fatima at Janta Nagar, Mankhurd in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, November 9, 2023. (Photo by Satish Bate/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 14, 2023 06:40 AM IST

Mankhurd slum pocket gets a promise of good health

The mohalla clinic is the city’s first community initiative, along the lines of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s 2015 drive to offer quality healthcare to the vulnerable section for a nominal fee. The clinic in the Mankhurd neighbourhood was started in the first week of October to meet the acute demand of primary healthcare in the area

Mumbai, India - Nov. 9, 2023: Dr Shilpa Varma, the doctor who heads the low cost primary health care at Janta Nagar, Mankhurd in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, November 9, 2023. (Photo by Satish Bate/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 13, 2023 05:30 AM IST

Work on new block at JJ Hospital hit due to RMC shortage

The hospital is supposed to have four wings, of which two are supposed to be ready by June 2024, said the official. The deadline for the entire project is August 2025

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Updated on Nov 11, 2023 07:38 AM IST

FDA issues stop work notice to Burn-Bar & Kitchen in BKC

However, the restaurant remained open even after the FDA issued a stop-work notice on Tuesday. Shubham Pandey, manager, Burn-Bar & Kitchen, said they have not received any FDA notice. “There was no FDA inspection and no stop work notice served to us,” Pandey said

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Updated on Nov 08, 2023 08:44 AM IST

In a first, Tata Memorial Hospital to set up Ayurveda-based cancer hospital in Khopoli

Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai will become the first cancer hospital in India to offer Ayurveda treatment with the establishment of a 100-bed facility in Khopoli. The hospital plans to integrate Ayurveda with modern medicine and will also grow its own medicinal plants for research purposes. The hospital has received funding of INR300 crore ($39.8m) from the Department of Atomic Energy for the project. The facility is expected to be operational by 2026 and will also provide standard cancer treatments such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

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Updated on Nov 07, 2023 07:34 AM IST

Jarange-Patil hospitalised with swelling in kidneys

Jarange-Patil had called off his hunger strike after giving the Shinde government a two-month ultimatum to address the issue of Maratha reservations. The activist was placed under the care of Dr Vinod Chaware at the Aurangabad Hospital at 10:15 pm on Friday

Mumbai, India – Oct 18, 2023: Maratha activist Manoj Jarange-Patil come out of the media house, at Lower Parel, in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, Oct 18, 2023. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 04, 2023 07:24 AM IST

How transpersons are finding their unique voice

Persons who are born male but identify as female face severe challenges with their voice, and surgeries can play a crucial role in helping them get integrated into the society

How transpersons are finding their unique voice
Updated on Oct 30, 2023 06:41 PM IST

Yavatmal man with rare blood group system donates his own blood for open-heart surgery

A 50-year-old man in Yavatmal, India, who has a rare blood group system, had to donate his own blood for an open-heart surgery due to a lack of compatible donors.

Yavatmal man with rare blood group system donates his own blood for open-heart surgery
Updated on Oct 28, 2023 08:18 AM IST
By, Mumbai

To restart CPS courses or not: Two ministers fight it out

A fight between two senior cabinet ministers has erupted over attempts to restart courses offered by the College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPS). The decision to de-recognise CPS courses was taken by the former medical education secretary, Ashwini Joshi, after irregularities were found in its affiliated institutions. CPS has challenged the de-recognition in court. The medical education department is reportedly rethinking the decision. The Maharashtra Medical Council has justified the action against CPS, claiming that none of its affiliated institutions are teaching hospitals.

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Updated on Oct 28, 2023 07:38 AM IST

Keep record of drug invoices: FDA to chemists

After the death of the man, his wife had written to the FDA to institute an inquiry, following which the regulator recalled all the injections (500 mg /10 ml) manufactured by Emcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd, from across the country

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Updated on Oct 26, 2023 08:08 AM IST

Bandra’s Papa Pancho reopens following FDA clearance

Papa Pancho, which was known for its Punjabi cuisine, was issued temporary closure notice on August 18 after the regulatory body found multiple instances of non-compliance, ranging from absent water analysis and food safety reports to incomplete staff medical records

Shailesh Adhao, FDA joint commissioner (food), said, “Papa Pancho had submitted all the required compliance reports a few weeks back. We have allowed them to restart the business after the team found they are following all food safety compliances.” (Vijay Bate/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 21, 2023 08:16 AM IST

Gorai resort continues to operate despite MPCB stop-work notice

The notice by MPCB identified five non-compliances, with the major focus being on the absence of the mandatory CRZ clearance. It also highlighted the resort’s failure to seek MPCB’s permission before commencing operations with 40 rooms apart from its lack of appropriate waste disposal mechanisms

Mumbai, India - Oct 18, 2023 : Sun Beach resort at Gorai Manori Road, in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, Oct 18, 2023. (Photo by Vijay Bate/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 19, 2023 07:56 AM IST

FDA shuts CCD, five other restaurants

The FDA launched the drive against restaurants in August after bank executive Anurag Singh filed a police complaint after finding a rat in his dish at Papa Pancho Da Dhaba at Bandra West

While FDA continues its drive, it has granted permission to Bademiya in Colaba and Mumbai Darbar in Mahim to reopen after the eateries submitted compliance documents and proof and their premises were re-inspected. The city has 18,481 registered eateries while FDA has only 13 food safety officers against its requirement of 49 (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 18, 2023 07:46 AM IST

Months after SC order, BMC yet to appoint custodian for living wills

As per the SC order, a person desirous of creating a living will has to notarise two copies of it. While one copy remains with the person who is supposed to take decisions on the will maker’s behalf, the other has to be sent to the local civic body custodian. During the execution of the will, this has to be shown to the doctor by the proxy holder, who will then verify it with the custodian’s copy

Mumbai, India - Oct. 12, 2023: Maharashtra National Law University team who helps pro bono draft and notarise living will in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, October 12, 2023. (Photo by Satish Bate/ Hindustan Times) (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 17, 2023 08:12 AM IST

Cou Cou, 8 other restaurants shut down after FDA inspection

Nine high-end restaurants in Mumbai, including Cou Cou By Oberoi, were shut down following a surprise raid by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA found violations relating to pest control, medical fitness certificates and auditing records. Cou Cou by Oberoi claimed a notice was issued in error and that it was intended for another restaurant. The FDA has inspected 152 restaurants, closed 15 eateries and collected fines totaling INR 170,000 ($2,600) in the past two months.

Cou Cou, 8 other restaurants shut down after FDA inspection
Updated on Oct 17, 2023 07:58 AM IST

Patients, students of BYL Nair Hospital in a fix over MRI machine breakdown

While patients are suffering, radiology students too suffer, apart from revenue loss to the BMC. The private MRI centre is charging BMC ₹2,400 per scan. “It is a revenue loss of ₹72,000 per day for MRI and ₹60,000 for CT scan per day. Instead of purchasing the new MRI, which will cost ₹30-35 crore, BMC is now planning to get helium gas for ₹25 lakh which will make the old machine functional for another three to four months,” the official said

Patients, students of BYL Nair Hospital in a fix over MRI machine breakdown
Updated on Oct 16, 2023 07:38 AM IST
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