Difficult to provide professional healthcare to patients at govt facilities: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari's statement assumes significance against the backdrop of the Gorakhpur episode, where 63 children died over five days allegedly due to lack of oxygen cylinders.

By: Express News Service | Nagpur | Published: August 13, 2017 9:51 pm
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Union Surface Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari on Sunday admitted that it is difficult to provide modern and timely healthcare to all at government facilities and, as such, attempts should be made to involve private and social institutions into the running of healthcare centres with government incentives like provision of land.

“Due to various factors such as non-availability of expert doctors, skilled manpower, lack of funds and ticklish rules and regulations, it doesn’t become possible to provide professional healthcare to patients at government health facilities. As such, inviting social institutions and entrepreneurs to run such facilities on government lands provided at nominal cost would help provide professional healthcare service to poor and middle class patients,” Gadkari said at a function to inaugurate the first phase of National Cancer Institute in Nagpur.

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“We are making one such effort on a Mumbai port land of about 17 acres by giving it to a social institution at a nominal rent. The institute is expected to set up a super-speciality hospital on the land to provide healthcare to poor patients,” Gadkari added.

Gadkari’s statement assumes significance against the backdrop of the Gorakhpur episode, where 63 children died over five days allegedly due to lack of oxygen cylinders.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Chairman of Tata Trust Ratan Tata, Union Coal and Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal and Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan attended the programme.

Fadnavis, whose father died of cancer, was earlier Chairman of the Dr Aabaji Thatte Sewa Aur Anusandhan Sanstha (Trust) that is setting up the 470-bedded quaternary care oncology centre on 25 acres near here, before becoming the CM. Speaking on the occasion, he said, “I have personally seen during my frequent visits to Tata Cancer Hospital at Mumbai for my father Gangadharrao’s treatment how big is the scale on which cancer patients require treatment facilities. For the prolonged treatment, they also have to stay at Mumbai at a very cost. The Nagpur facility will provide both to poor and needy patients at a reasonable cost.”

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  1. A
    Aug 15, 2017 at 5:24 pm
    Hello Gadkari, Go to Kerala and learn how to manage government hospitals and how take care of the health of the ordinary citizens of India
    1. Leo Fernandes
      Aug 15, 2017 at 2:26 pm
      Hospitals should take proper care of patient admitted especially children and fans and two stools for each bed for visitors should be available when unused can be kept under the patient bed.surroundings should be kept clean and no garbage around building Premises.
      1. Logic Induction
        Aug 15, 2017 at 11:53 am
        Availability of Oxygen cylinder at a hospital is a basic necessity !
        1. R
          Ramesh Chhabra
          Aug 15, 2017 at 8:16 am
          Are you sure, only poor middle class people will get benefit from such type of cancer hospitals? Today such types of hospitals are meant only for patients those can pay a huge amount. Do you know in India, what cost a patient for small diseases like Malaria/ Dengue in such a specialty hospitals? How many hospitals converted into super-specialty hospitals with the help of small diseases like Malaria/ dengue, etc.
          1. G
            Aug 15, 2017 at 3:00 am
            Yeah how can Govt., provide a professional care when most of the positions are reserved for different categories. One has to remove all reservations to improve the quality.
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