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UP Government plans 1,000 hospitals to boost healthcare delivery system

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Yogi Adityanath

In an attempt to strengthen the State healthcare delivery process, the Uttar Pradesh Government is planning to construct 1,000 hospitals.

Leading consulting firm Ernst & Young has been asked to prepare a detailed project report for these hospitals which will be constructed under public-private-partnership (PPP) mode, the State Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh said recently. The project which aims to provide quality and accessible healthcare facilities to people most likely will begin from November this year.

“This will be an extension of the central government’s Ayushman Bharat scheme,” Singh said. “We are in the process of identifying two community health centres in each district. Their land, about three acres each, will be given on a long-term lease to private company which will construct a 100-bed hospital, along with an operation theatre and diagnostic centre,” he further added.

A proposal to set a basic minimum module (BMM) for filling posts of doctors in district hospitals will be moved in the Cabinet, the Minister said.

“There is a rule for the same at present which is not being followed. Transfers of doctors are taking place erratically. Once the cabinet clears the BMM, it will become mandatory for establishment of certain posts in all hospitals,” he said.

There will be posts for ENT specialists, paediatricians, gynaecologists and orthopaedic surgeons, the Minister said. Unless all these posts are filled, no arbitrary transfers from such hospitals will be permitted, he said. “A tender will also be issued to hire doctors on contract,” Singh said.

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