NRHM Scam Hundreds of doctors were involved,says minister
Health minister Ahmad Hasan on Thursday said that the government will grant permission for prosecution against the doctors involved in the NRHM scam to the CBI very soon. Hasan said that it is shameful that hundreds of doctors were involved in the scam.
The CBI had sought permission from the state government to prosecute some doctors and other employees under Prevention of Corruption Act and on criminal charges for their involvement in the NRHM scam.
While addressing the gathering at the inauguration function,Hasan said that the scam has weakened the health system of the state. The Health minister said that the report which the CBI has sent about NRHM is regrettable. As per the report,hundreds of doctors are involved in the scam, Hasan said.
The CBI has asked for prosecution of the doctors and very soon the permission ill be granted, Hasan said,adding that those found guilty will be dealt with most severely. He further said that the state government wants to take strict action against all those involved in scams in the past five years so that such incidents are not repeated in future.
We do not have to hide anything. But the department should look ahead now rather than looking back, the minister said. He appealed to the doctors to work with honesty and create a health system in the next five years that delivers result and is corruption-free.
Hasan also told the gathering that the biggest challenge that the state health department is facing at present is to make good-quality drugs available to the poor people of backward and far-flung areas. We are making arrangements so that drugs of good quality can be purchased in districts, he said.
World Bank-funded health project launched
LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh Health System Support Project,a World Bank-funded project worth $152 million,was launched by C Baeza,sector director of Health,Nutrition and Population unit of the World Bank in the presence of state Health minister Ahmad Hasan in Lucknow on Thursday. The project aims at better utilisation of funds by appropriate sector-wise planning,quality assurance and roping in of private partners in order to make an impact. This is the first such transformative project that the World Bank has undertaken in South Asia. Baeza said the project will focus on two components,including training and capacity building of department officials as well as creating an electronic data-processing cell which will provide integrated health-related data for planning,research and analysis. Four cells will be established Quality Assurance Cell,Electronic Data Processing Cell,Environment Management (which will include management of biomedical waste and infection control) and Public Private Partnership Cell which will focus on effective engagement of the private sector for health facilities.