After handing over the Tahirpur super-specialty hospital to the Central government,the Delhi government is now planning to adopt the same approach for its 300-bed super-specialty hospital in Janakpuri. Both hospitals failed to take off after a public private partnership,that was being developed since 2009,was finally dropped last year.
Officials in the Delhi Health department said the decision was taken because despite having been partially started in 2010,the Janakpuri hospital was not being used to its strength.
The 600 bed-hospital at Tahirpur was just lying vacant,so we took it up with the Centre. But with a perennial staff crunch,the Janakpuri hospital,which should have been a boon for West Delhi residents,is also just functioning as a regular hospital.
The decision to seek help from the Centre was taken at a meeting convened by the Health minister last week.
This under-utilisation of the hospital is blamed on a shortage of specialists,arising from the attrition of contractual doctors. Since the Delhi Health Services (DHS) is still being formed,we can only employ doctors through the UPSC on contract-basis. This system is not working out as super specialists would rather take permanent posts elsewhere, the official said.
Construction of both hospitals was completed in 2008 at a cost of Rs 150 crore,and the PPP idea was conceived as a flagship programme of the Delhi government.
The proposal for the PPP,that was changed over the tenures of three successive Health ministers,was dropped altogether in May last year. Eight parties that were screened had refused to apply for the second stage,citing unrealistic terms.
The government had then gone to the Cabinet to accommodate further relaxations to woo bidders. The Cabinet approved the main demand of the private players a reduction in the annual amount that the private partner was expected to pay to the government. However,when the amended proposal failed to attract any bidders,the government was forced to drop the PPP idea.