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MIOT India To Pull Out Of Suva Private Hospital

It is understood that the Oceania Hospitals was to hold its board meeting this month.
18 Jul 2019 16:48
MIOT India To Pull Out Of Suva Private Hospital
Madras Institute of Orthopaedics and Traumatology International Hospital India (MIOT India) Managing Director Dr Prithvi Mohandas

The joint venture which used to operate the former Suva Private Hospital is breaking up.

Madras Institute of Orthopaedics and Traumatology International Hospital India (MIOT India) Managing Director Dr Prithvi Mohandas in an interview from India yesterday said: “The vision of MIOT India is to create self sustaining quality through institutions of learning.

“This vision does not match the goals of our partner. We are therefore negotiating our shareholding exit in total – this is ongoing over the last few months.”

MIOT India Advert

An advert placed on Page 5 of yesterday’s Fiji Sun as a Public Notice stated: “MIOT International, Chennai, India is not associated with the CT Scan Diagnostics facility and/or any of the services at Suva Private Hospital also known as  Oceania Hospitals (Pte) Limited, Amy Street, Suva with effect from 23rd February, 2019.

“MIOT International, Chennai, India has not authorised the use of its brand name “MIOT” in connection with any facility or services offered at Suva Private Hospital.”

It is understood that the Oceania Hospitals was to hold its board meeting this month.

But it is uncertain what will happen now that the dispute between the partners has flared into the open.
Oceania Hospitals Pte Limited

BSP Life owned Suva Private Hospital. It was rebranded after BSP Life formed Oceania Hospitals Pte Limited trading as MIOT Pacific Hospital in a joint venture with MIOT International.

MIOT International in Chennai is a 1,000 bedded hospital with 3500 full time staff.

Seventy per cent of Oceania Hospitals is owned by BSP Life while MIOT Investments Limited owns 30 per cent. MIOT International provided expert staff, including highly qualified Indian doctors, and led the upgrading of equipment and facilities.

Queries sent to Oceania Hospital executive director Pramesh Sharma remained unanswered when this edition went to press.

MIOT Pacific Advert

However, MIOT Pacific Hospital also placed an advert in yesterday’s paper stating: “Please be advised that Oceania Hospitals Pte Limited trading as MIOT Pacific Hospitals has resumed the CT Scan Diagnostics Facility from June 3, 2019.

“For more information or book an appointment, contact our Customer Service Department.”

Mr Sharma had earlier stated in an email interview that they had suspended CT Scan services in early March this year.

He said as a board the financial impact of the CT scan not operating was not the priority but ensuring reliability and accurate diagnostics through the CT Scanner was paramount.

He also stated that most services have been reinstated including CT angiogram. Angioplasty and stenting resuming later.

Mr Sharma also added that recruitment was ongoing from abroad to continue to bring in needed expertise and specialist personnel not available locally. It is understood that they have already recruited medical staff, some former staff of MIOT in India.

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