Congress MLA Francis Silveira supporting Ambulance mafia at GMC?


Panaji: Congress MLA Francis Silveira has reportedly threatened Goa Medical College and Hospital Dean with dire consequences for introducing free hearse van service.

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State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane had recently introduced Free Hearse Van service at GMC, thereby breaking the age-old Ambulance Mafia which was charging exorbitant fee for carrying the dead bodies.

Dean of GMC told the Health Minister today about the threat given by Silveira.

“I am shocked when Dean of GMC told me that he was threatened by Congress MLA Francis Silveira warning him against vacating the Ambulance mafia from Goa Medical College and Hospital,” Rane said in a video message released here assuring the people that free service will continue in GMC.

“We have introduced free hearse van service as the relatives of the patients who expired had to pay Rs 15,000 to transport the body. The service is on lines with Karnataka government. we thought that since the relatives of the patient are in grief and pain, we can do this least to help them to get back dead bodies respectfully from GMC to their homes,” he said.

“This service was very essential. We have decided to evacuate all the ambulances which has been turned into mafia will be evacuated from Goa Medical College and Hospital,” he said.

“I would like to tell Silveira that any amount of threatening will not help.

We have discussed the issue with Chief Minister and he has opined that this kind of service should be started. If ambulances want to park, they should take proper permission from GMC authorities,” he added.





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