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Private hands to help oil govt hospital machines

In order to ensure that patients like Diksha and Kailash do not die in transit,the state government will soon be roping in private players for the maintenance of high-end diagnostic equipment in the state-run hospitals.

Written by Vidya Krishnan | New Delhi |
August 28, 2009 12:09:08 am

* On May 20,2009 five-year-old Diksha died shuttling between hospitals because none of the Delhi government hospitals in Northwest and Outer Delhi had a functioning CT Scan machine.
* On June 14,2009,28-year-old Kailash died after being shunted out of Lok Nayak Hospital and RML Hospital as neither has CT Scan machines.
* As per the latest CAG report,Delhi government hospitals have spent nearly Rs 100 crore in high-end diagnostic machines like Digital X ray and CT Scans that do not work

In order to ensure that patients like Diksha and Kailash do not die in transit,the state government will soon be roping in private players for the maintenance of high-end diagnostic equipment in the state-run hospitals.

The private player will be paid by the government on a per-patient basis.

The Private-Public Partnership aims to weed out the corruption involved in maintenance of high-end machines including CT Scan,PET Scan,MRIs and Digital X-ray and the rest.

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“In most cases,such machines are not functioning,” said a senior Delhi government official.

The patients are forced to go to nearby private clinics.

“Usually,the doctors receive a commission from the clinic in question. This has forced the health department to come up with a solution in the interest of the patient,” he added.

The preliminary feasibility study for the PPP has already been conducted and the state government has hired a consultant for the project.

“The consultant will be giving us their final report within a week,after which we will decide the details of the project,” said JP Singh,Principal Secretary,Delhi health department.

The authorities will be meeting the private players on September 4 to discuss the matter further,he added.

The venture will be on a ‘Built-Own-Operate’ model.

As per the concept note,the government will only provide space,while the private player will bring in manpower,equipment,consumables and utilities.

In lieu of services,the government will pay the private player on a ‘per-case’ basis. A model of this kind has been implemented successfully in West Bengal and Gujarat.

“Those models show that the cost per case will go down by 30-50 per cent,” said Sanjay Aggarwal,Project Manager,Delhi Health department.

The private player will provide round-the-clock service in bigger government hospitals of the Capital. “Depending on the patient load,certain hospitals will be selected in each district,which will have high-end equipment,” said Aggarwal.

“Patients from smaller hospitals will be referred to the chosen centre for high-end diagnostic tests.”

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