Overall the plan outlay for the health sector has been enhanced by 33 % from Rs 1872 crore in 2012-13 to rs 2,490 crore in 2013-14.
The Delhi government announced its fiscal plan to purchase a fleet of 100 ambulances this financial year, increasing its total fleet of CATS ambulances to 251. This comes after more than 100 basic life support ambulances were purchased by the government last year, with the help of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).
Despite the promise, it seems, over the past few years the government has considerably brought down its target for number of ambulances.
In 2007, CATS told the Delhi High Court that it would increase its ambulance fleet to 450 by 2008.
Till the first quarter of 2012, the total stood at 50 only, the majority of which were basic life support vehicles with no ventilator facility. A flagship public-private partnership with the Fortis group to launch a fleet of 150 ambulances before the Commonwealth Games failed to take off due to a fallout between the two parties.
The Delhi Health department also plans to start the construction of seven new hospitals and nine new dispensaries to ease the stress in the existing government health facilities in the city.
For healthcare for the poor, six new mobile health units that will have specialists and basic medical equipment, will drive to densely populated areas in Northeast Delhi — again with NRHM support.
Two super-specialty hospitals in Tahirpur and Janakpuri, the construction of which was completed in 2008, are still to start operations.
The Health department also announced a jump in the income limit for eligibility in Delhi government’s health insurance scheme, from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 3 lakh. The disease criteria for Delhi Arogya Nidhi scheme has also been extended to patients diagnosed with cancer and those in need of organ transplant surgeries or cardiac interventions, in recognised private hospitals.
In an effort to generate awareness about lifestyle diseases, the Delhi government will set up tobacco cessation clinics in all the districts, to help people. Dedicated cells for generating awareness on safe food among street vendors and the general public will also be started from the current financial year, in every district.