With no private players keen to set up 35 super speciality hospitals on PPP mode,the state government,in a bid to attract private players has decided to provide not only land to set up the hospitals,but also provide vacant health care units and other unused government assets for setting up such hospitals.
An order has been issued on September 26 in this regard,which mentions that in order to promote PPP in medical education,the state government has decided to use not only government land,but also give leased-out assets like vacant buildings,including health care units,to the private players.
The order mentions that the equity of share of the state government would be in the form of leased-out asset including health facilities which are lying vacant for years. The department of health and family welfare would separately notify such health facilities from time to time. The terms and conditions for private players include 25 per cent beds to be reserved for poor patients and a minimum 33 per cent seats to be reserved for those appearing thorough Joint Entrance Examination by the state government.
Senior health officials,however,added that after the proposal for setting up 35 super speciality hospitals on PPP model,the government gave advertisements on April 24,inviting expression of interest (EoI) from private players for the same,but not a single EoI was submitted to the department. The reason then was that the government said it could only allot land and the places where land was being allotted are far from the main town,which possess a serious problem for the private players to invest. The private investors claim that the PPP model was not a feasible option for investment in the health care sector in West Bengal due to low profit margin. Thus,the decision to lease out vacant buildings and government property was also postponed.
Following this,around 30 health units including BPHC,TB sanatoriums at 13 places,including Jhargram in West Midnapore,Nandigram in East Midnapore,Diamond Harbour in South 24-Parganas,Basirhat in North 24-Parganas,Jangipur in Murshidabad,Rampurhat in Birbhum,Chanchol in Malda,Raiganj,Balurghat,Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar,lying vacant,are being planned to be leased-out to private players.