Maharashtra govt hospitals may be privatised

Pandurang Mhaske 
Saturday, 27 January 2018

300-bed public hospitals will be set up with Public-Private Partnership model 

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government is contemplating privatising the public health services. According to the government plan, 300-bed public hospitals will be set up with Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model in the State. 

To study the model, the government has appointed a three-member committee to study the feasibility of PPP model for 300-bed public hospitals.

The Central government had issued guidelines on establishing a medical college after recommendations from NEETI Commission in 2015. The government also mentioned about Gujarat government’s project to establish a 300-bed hospital on PPP model.

The Maharashtra government has constituted a 3-member committee to examine the proposal. This committee will examine its viability and submit the report within three months. Commissioner of National Health Mission will chair the committee and director health services will be a secretary of this committee and DMER director will be a member.

According to the proposed services like diagnostic services (digitised radiology, CT scan, MRI, pathology, biochemistry), dialysis services, supportive services like diet, security and waste collection will come under the PPPs range. Surgeries like cataract operation under the national health programmes and management of primary health facilities are also provided under the PPP. 

Service-oriented PPPs have been largely given to for-profit private sector companies - ranging from local entrepreneurs to national level and multinational corporations.

Thus, a range of services is no longer directly provided by the government at hospitals (secondary or tertiary) and primary healthcare facilities. 

An official from the health department said that the government is following the guidelines issued by the Union government.

"There was a proposal and a committee has already prepared a detailed proposal about the PPP model in healthcare. Now, the three-member committee will check the feasibility of the proposal and other terms of references for the model," said the officer. 

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