Considering the emphatic mandate the Narendra Modi-led NDA government received, it becomes imperative for the government to deliver on its promises and commitments. The new government will have to priorities its action plan for the next five years to ensure the economy upsurges towards growth trajectory. The Prime Ministers compact ministry is certainly an opening move towards his promised approach of maximum governance and minimum government.
The Budget Session is likely to begin by the first week of July. It is expected that the current government will increase healthcare allocation in the budget of 2014-15.
Over the past decade, various healthcare reforms have been introduced which are excellent on paper, but have failed to create any difference on the ground. Mismanagement at the implementation stage and unbridled corruption at entry level are big spoilers.
Despite substantial progress, our health care system is beleaguered with a plethora of problems. One of the most difficult conundrums for the new government is India’s fragmented healthcare system”where they should start from?
This issue brings to bear the recommendations of the leading industry experts in the health sector.
Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Venkaiah Naidu communicated to the media that the government would leverage technology and social media to increase public interaction. This is a big step in the right direction. This should be introduced in the healthcare system as well. Use of technology as a tool for participative governance is the need of the hour.
Though the Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has a gargantuan challenge of lifting the healthcare system out of the doldrums, yet it is not impossible.
The current issue is a special focus on the major hospitals of the Delhi/NCR region. Through series of interactions with the Chairman, CEOs and Director, we have analysed the work done by the private hospitals. Whilst, in this issue we also try to engage some small hospitals to get a better understanding of their services provided to patients.
Dr Ravi Gupta