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Delhi govt with Fortis, Apollo discuss emergency services

The Delhi government will soon launch emergency medical services in partnership with private medicare companies. The state government would create a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for the purpose. According to sources, a number of ambulances would be deployed in every zone of the Capital for providing quality emergency services to road mishap victims. “We are in talks with Fortis, Max, EMRI and Apollo for launching such services across the city,” Delhi chief secretary Rakesh Mehta said. Delhi government officials are of the view that the service would be highly beneficial as the number of road accidents is on a rise. Corporate healthcare service providers have been looking at public-private partnerships as one of the key ways to drive growth. While Wockhardt is already managing a government hospital in Gujarat, Fortis is in talks with several state governments in north India for a public private partnership (PPP) projects. “There is a proposal from the government but the details of the initiative are not known now,” a Max Healthcare official said. A Fortis official said that it has not started any official discussions with the government for the project. Apart from healthcare services, Delhi has kicked off a major initiative to put infrastructure development on the fast-track in sectors like hospital services, social welfare services and agricultural marketing. To drive the PPP policy, the Delhi government will soon set up a Delhi Infrastructure Development Advisory Board (DIDAB) which will be chaired by chief minister Sheila Dikshit. “It will be an advisory body, which will give in-principle approval to PPP projects. It will put the PPP projects on the fast track,” Mr Mehta said. An expert advisory group would be constituted to service the DIDAB by drawing from the transactional advisers approved by the government of India.

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