Gandhiji was a person who, in several respects, was ahead of his time. His view of the ownership of capital was one of trusteeship, motivated by the belief that essentially society was providing capitalists with an opportunity to manage resources that should be really seen as a form of trusteeship on behalf of the society in general. Today we are perhaps coming round full circle in emphasising this concept through an articulation of the principle of social responsibility of business and industry.
Social Responsibility for us is no obligation. The myriad social healthcare initiatives we undertake, emanate from our passion and not from any legal upwelling. A hospital operates under a holistic milieu which embraces socio-cultural, educational and technological and economic dimensions. These realms must be brought to fruition when dealing with patients enmeshed in the societal responsibility matrix. Training requisites, quality adherence audit and encouragement for employees to render first-rate professional services are our immediate musts for fortifying our rapport between the corporate and social undertakings of Bhagirathi Neotia Woman & Child Care Centre.
While the interests of shareholders and the actions of any business enterprise have to be governed by the laws of economics, in reality the operations of the enterprise need to be driven by a much larger set of objectives that are today being distinguished under the term 'Corporate Social Responsibility'.
At Bhagirathi Neotia Woman & Child Care Centre, we have devised our CSR initiatives keeping in mind Community Healthcare Programmes for women and children by organizing and offering complementary clinics, health assessment camps for prophylactic health check-ups and free surgical cases for underprivileged children.
Our vision is to substantially contribute to quality universal healthcare to a more benevolent and equitable society. We have always deemed that in a bourgeoning country like India, unadulterated healthcare needs to be percolated to the grassroots level; consequently, we have conceived our societal ventures, so as to extensively envelope these fragments of our populace. We deliver both preventive and curative services for all ages.
We operate a free service clinic at Tollygunge in alliance with Sonata Foundation. This clinic has been the dream of our Chairman, Late Shri V K Neotia. BNWCCC runs this clinic from Monday to Saturday providing gynaecological, paediatric and homeopathy services. We have appointed certified doctors on stipulated days when the respective services could be availed. This clinic has commenced operations on a modest note. Medicines to all patients are dispensed gratis. Present estimates unveil that we are examining an average of 450 to 500 patients every month.
Policies at Bhagirathi Neotia Woman & Child Care Centre dictate us to undertake complementary surgeries for children. An authorized committee within the hospital studies such requests and thereafter makes all the necessitous arrangements from hospitalisation to the discharge of the patient. Till date, we have primarily catered to children within the age group of 3 to 12 years with problems as diverse as healing of left diaphragmatic hernia, relapsed non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, chronic intussusception with malnutrition, thalassemia or cleft palate.
Despite a plethora of socially valuable accomplishments, we still consider ourselves to be at the base of the mountain; scaling the loftiest summit would require us to toil even further. The healthcare segment is closest to transforming the nation’s landscape; our consolidated and whole-hearted efforts will indeed make the world a better place in the near future.