State-backed Medall rattles private labs in Warangal

Irked by its people-friendly and affordable services provided by state-supported Medall Healthcare Pvt Ltd for north Telangana district patients requiring CT/MRI scans at the 1,000- bed MGM hospital’s radiology unit, the private diagnostic centres’ lobby targeted the Medall group’s ambulance driver on Wednesday.

According to sources, two unidentified people threatened the Medall group’s ambulance driver Mr Bholu Pasha when he dropped a CT scan patient at Kakaji Colony in Hanamkonda, where private diagnostic centres are located in the city.

Mr Abdul Gaffar, Executive (Operations) of Medall group at Warangal said that their ambulance driver was asked to stay away from visiting the Kakaji Colony area in future.

It is significant to note that the besides offering government fixed affordable rates for 22 types of CT scan and 64 types of MRI scans with their high end 16-slice CT and 1.5 Tesla MRI equipment, the Medall group is also operating an ambulance service with free pick-up and drop service.

“Anybody requiring free pick-up and drop ambulance service for carrying out CT and MRI scans at Medall diagnostics located inside the radiology department of MGM hospital can contact us at 0870 2421077,” said Mr Abdul Gaffar, adding they are yet to take up the issue with the district authorities.

In the past too, sources said Medall’s ambulance was allegedly targeted by vested interests by making fake calls in the name of non-existent patients in city localities ever since they started their unit in Warangal from June 2011.

Rattled by Medall group’s safety certification from Indian Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (IAERB) for their scanning equipment and affordable rates, a newly-created entity called ‘Indian Radiological Imaging Association (IRAI)’ comprising private diagnostic centres has announced that they would not pay commissions to rural medical practitioners (rural medical practitioners-RMPs or non-MBBS quacks) for referring cases.

In lieu of the commissions for the non-MBBS quacks and private doctors, the private diagnostics’ lobby has now announced a reduced rate for CT/MRI scans for patients.

This startling announcement was made by IRAI office bearers in the presence of Warangal unit Indian Medical Association president Dr M. Seshumadhav at a press conference at IMA hall on Monday.