Teething trouble at super-speciality hospital

Seven months since its iauguration,the super-speciality hospital in Janakpuri has run into rough weather. The only super-speciality hospital in West Delhi...

Written by Vidya Krishnan | New Delhi | Published:March 9, 2009 1:09 am

Seven months since its iauguration,the super-speciality hospital in Janakpuri has run into rough weather. The only super-speciality hospital in West Delhi,and one of the Capital’s four,currently provides services that are hardly any different from a dispensary.

The cost of setting up the hospital — a staggering Rs 76 crore.

The Janakpuri Super-speciality Hospital was the Delhi Government’s experiment with a new model of Private Public Partnership (PPP),in which the state had promised land,building and immovable infrastructure.

A private player was to hire manpower,pay salaries and provide medical services.

Further,since the hospital is functioning partially,with skeletal staff and without private players,doctors are having to do what no other government hospital has ever done — roping in patients.

“Since the local population does not know much about the facilities offered at the hospital,we are having to work hard to draw patients. We have been organising health camps and are doing our best with limited resources,” said Dr Amit Banerjee,Additional Medical Superintendent of the hospital.

Dr Banerjee,the head of the Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery (CTVS) at GB Pant Hospital,has been given additional charge of running this hospital till a private player is finalised.

Spread across 3.6 hectares,this 300-bed super-speciality hospital currently offers only out patient services in neurology,nephrology,cardiology and oncology. The hospital has three specialists instead of the sanctioned 15.

There are 15 nurses,20 junior residents,and a staff strength of 136 including paramedics,doctors and Class IV employees.

“Critical patients are usually sent either to DDU Hospital or to GB Pant Hospital. Our main objective is to encourage patients to come here. We are trying to reach out to local patients in any way we can. Being a new kind of project,the government is taking its time before handing it over to some private party. These decisions are bound to take some time,” added Dr Banerjee.

The state government,meanwhile,maintains that 21 private players have expressed interest in the project but the shortlisting will take time.

“This is a competitive bidding procedure and all details will be sorted out only after the elections,” said Rakesh Bihari,Health Secretary,Delhi government.

The Janakpuri hospital has an annual budget of Rs 26 crore,which has been brought down to Rs 8 crore as the hospital is functioning partially.

“This is a classic Catch-22 situation. If we buy equipment but do not have doctors to use them,the government will be criticised. If we keep waiting for doctors to be hired and then buy equipment,the few patients who are coming in will face problems,” added Dr Banerjee.

The hospital was inaugurated in September 2008 and the Delhi government had invited tenders to outsource the services under an experimental PPP model last November.

The state government has appointed Deloitte India as the transaction advisor for the deal to frame the rules and guidelines for partnership in hospitals.

Once fully functional,the hospital is supposed to provide cardiology and CTVS care,neuro and neurosurgery,nephro and urology,haematology,oncology,pulmonary medicine,dialysis,radiotherapy and emergency services along with OPD service in the field of neurology,cardiology,oncology,radiology,speech therapy,physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

In need of first aid
* Janakpuri Super Speciality Hospital,which cost Rs 76 crore,was the Delhi Government’s experiment with a new model of Private Public Partnership
* The hospital was inaugurated in September 2008 and the government had invited tenders to outsource the hospital in November last year
* The annual budget of Rs 26 crore has been brought down to Rs 8 crore as the hospital is functioning partially

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