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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    Anandan
    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
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      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.
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        Logic Induction
        Aug 15, 2017 at 11:53 am
        Availability of Oxygen cylinder at a hospital is a basic necessity !
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          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.
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            Guest
            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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              liebuster
              Aug 15, 2017 at 1:01 am
              Don't blame Govt for it, population explosion of India is responsible for all the drawbacks.... So it is the citizens responsibility to control population....
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                Proud Bhakt
                Aug 14, 2017 at 11:36 pm
                If Gau-Mata had been brought into the hospital ward , the children could have been saved. It is a known scientific fact that Gau-Mata produces Oxygen . If we eliminate cow slaughter , more cows will be available for Hospitals and there would be no need for Oxygen cylinder.
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                  Prasad Hegde
                  Aug 14, 2017 at 10:35 pm
                  India is less than 50 beds per 1000 population, even the urban: rural distribution of health infrastructure is skewed. We should adopt telecom like circles and auction it to private players, where phc, Govt hospitals should be run by these players and they can put up tertiary care according to the ratio/1000 population. Free treatment should be rendered to low income group, which should be subsidised by the govt. Govt should spend money only for health insurance. Whole system should be regulated. By this way we can eradicate malpractice and corruption, plus good service can be renderd at village phc and govt hospitals. Govt has miserably failed in providing public health facilities hence none of its business to run these facilities.
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                    liebuster
                    Aug 15, 2017 at 12:59 am
                    Don't blame Govt for it, population explosion of India is responsible for all the drawbacks.... So it is the citizens responsibility to control population....
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                      Anandan
                      Aug 15, 2017 at 5:25 pm
                      Go to Kerala and learn how to manage government hospitals and how take care of the health of the ordinary citizens of India
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