Fortis Healthcare MD and CEO Ashutosh Raghuvanshi on Tuesday said that the supply chain issues are getting resolved now which will address the cost issue as well to a large extent.
“We were finding sometimes challenges in getting the drug supplied but that was because of the early stage of making these drugs available by the various manufacturers. Now the supply chain issues are getting resolved and that will address, to a large extent, the costing issue as well. The supply-demand gap may be there in the early days but I see this resolving within the next couple of weeks if not earlier," said Raghuvanshi.
On whether the situation is improving at hospitals and if they are getting back to non-COVID treatment, he said, "The numbers have steadily been going up, we have also designated a significant number of beds for COVID care as well. So in the COVID segment, we have occupancy levels currently of about 60 percent in about 1,200 odd beds. At the same time, in the non-COVID beds also, we are seeing the occupancy levels increasing in all our hospitals. They currently vary between 45 percent and 70 percent. On a blended basis for the network, we have about 60 percent occupancy at the moment.”
“On the diagnostic side also, the volumes have been increasing steadily. Currently, they are at about 80 percent of the pre-COVID values. That also includes the COVID volume,” said Raghuvanshi.
On layoffs, he added, “We have not let anyone go except those normal attritions which happen. I am extremely proud of... at least our company that none of the healthcare workers have tried to avoid the responsibility in such a pandemic and most of them have taken a pay cut. At the lower levels like nurses, technicians, etc., we haven’t made any cuts whatsoever but all the physicians and the management personnel have taken significant cuts varying from 15 percent to 50 percent."