Udupi, Nov 20, 2017: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah inaugurated the Government Koosamma Shambhu Shetty Haji Abdulla Memorial Maternity and Children’s Hospital here November 19, Sunday.
Speaking to media at Circuit House near Bannanje, the CM said that the proposed amendments to Karnataka Medical Private Establishments (KPME) Act were chalked out not to restrict doctors but to help the needy. The changes to the KPME Act made doctors protests from across the state, till finally the government agreed to their demands to modify the Bill before tabling it in the Assembly.
To a question on the alleged privatisation of the Udupi government hospital for mother and child care, he said, "It is not privatisation. The hospital will still be government’s, they will only run the administration."
Dr B R Shetty, health minister Ramesh Kumar, minister K J George, Udupi district in-charge minister Pramod Madhwaraj, MLC Ivan D’Souza, MLA Vinay Kumar Sorake and others were present.
CM refutes rumors of MLA Pramod’s departure : CM Siddaramaiah rejected rumors of Udupi MLA Pramod Madhwaraj joining the BJP party and lashed out at MP Nalin Kumar Kateel for making silly statements.
Talking to media at the Mangaluru International Airport, CM said confirmed that Pramod Madhwaraj will continue working as a Congress Party Leader.
CM Siddarmaiah said, "BJP is creating rumours on this issue Madhwaraj will not join BJP. Madhwaraj himself has clarified several times that he will not join the BJP."
When questioned on MP Nalin Kumar’s statements of Pramod Madhwaraj joining BJP, CM rejected out right.