February 26, 2009 1:27:41 am
Corporate house will assist in the management of the proposed medical college to be attached to Rs 100-cr G K General Hospital
In a significant development,the state government has decided to have a corporate house the Adani Group pitch in with the management of the Rs 100-crore G K General Hospital at Bhuj.
The hospital was built using the funds received from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund after the earthquake that rocked the state in 2001. The hospital was inaugurated in 2003 by the then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee.
In addition to the hospital,a medical college,which is proposed to be attached to the hospital,will also be run in association with the Adani Group.
In a written reply in the state Assembly on Wednesday,Health Minister Jay Narayan Vyas told senior Congress MLA Babu Meghji Shah that the government had taken an in-principle decision to form a registered society comprising representatives from the government and the Adani
Education and Research Foundation to carry out the administration of the 300-bed hospital and also the proposed medical college.
At present,the G K General Hospital Society,Bhuj,constituted by the government handles hospital administration.
Later,Vyas told media persons that a society would soon be registered having representatives both from the government and the Adani Foundation to run the hospital and the medical college.
He said it will be managed on the public private partnership (PPP) model,where the Adani Foundation will be a joint sector partner.
Vyas said the government has already issued an essentiality certificate to the Adanis for setting up the 150-seat college in the hospital premises.
The minister said a team of Medical Council of India (MCI) is expected to arrive at Bhuj in the next few days to carry out inspection for the college and that the admission process will be initiated in September this year.
The government has fulfilled the wishes of the people of Kutch to have a medical college in Bhuj,he said.
Responding to a query,Vyas said the funds of about Rs 100 crore would be required to set up the medical college having all necessary infrastructure.
The government is not going to invest a single paisa as the hospital will be its equity, he said,adding that the medical college being attached with the hospital will be a self-financed institute.
The fees structure will be decided by a committee,and the medical college will be affiliated to the Kutch University.
Meanwhile,Rapar MLA Babu Meghji Shah demanded that the government should make public all relevant details of an agreement it has entered into with the Adani Group to carry out the administration of the Bhuj hospital and the associate medical college.
The government should be transparent enough while striking a deal with any private industrial house for such a project to ensure that no private firm is allowed to misuse or dominate the government property, he told Newsline.
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