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Elets Conference: Accountability and management of resources needed to improve outcome, says Atul Garg, MoS, Health, Govt of UP

Atul Garg

Accountability and work management coupled with robust strategy can do away major issues affecting the delivery of healthcare in Uttar Pradesh, said Atul Garg, Hon’ble Minister of State, Medical, Health & Family Welfare, Mother and Child Welfare, Government of Uttar Pradesh, while delivering a speech at the Annual Healthcare Innovation Summit, held recently in New Delhi.

Feeling a little sad about the current situation in Uttar Pradesh, he said, “I have identified problem areas in UP’s healthcare delivery system in the last four months since taking the reins in hand. I found that problems can be resolved as it is not as difficult as it seems to be. We have Rs 8,000 crore healthcare budget for Uttar Pradesh. 25 percent of total population has been covered by Ayushman Bharat. It is not difficult to cater to the rest of the poor people as approximately Rs 1500 crore would be required for the same. But it is not happening at the moment.”

Holding coordination gap and mis-management major factors, jeopardizing delivery of healthcare services, the Minister said, “Recently I visited a 30-bed PHC. There were two anesthetists at the centre, despite the fact that not a single patient was there for the treatment. There should be coordination between distribution of work and expertise.”

“There is a gap on front of accountability, distribution of work and expertise. Some experts doctors are found to be in management role which they shouldn’t supposed to do. Ideally, they should handle emergency medical patients.”

On this occasion, he made an appeal to private players to come with innovative ideas stating that we need participation from private providers. The Government needs better and innovative ideas so that every single citizen of the state gets affordable and accessible care. We need to use resources in a prudent manner.

Referring to work done in the last two and a half years, he said, “In last two and a half years, there has been a substantial progress in the delivery of health services. We have a robust 108 ambulance network in the State. Ambulance takes on an average 15-17 minutes to reach at the particular location. HR and IT department can tackle works related with distribution of work allocation and management.”

The Minister also heaped praise on Elets for organising the grand Summit and bringing up top stalwarts of the healthcare fraternity together. “Uttar Pradesh will definitely be benefitted from the Elets Annual Healthcare Innovation Summit Conference which has witnessed participation from spectrum of thought leaders from policymakers to international experts and industry leaders,” he said.

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