Minister denies any move to hand over govt hospitals to private parties

Taking cognizance of media reports that the State Government has decided to hand over health institutions especially Primary Health Centres and Community Health Centres situated in rural areas to private parties in PPP mode.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Mr. Brahm Mohindra clarified in a press communiqué that there is no such move to hand over these institutions to private parties.

Mr. Brahm Mohindra said that the intent of the present government is to strengthen the Public Health System. The ban on recruitment imposed by the previous government was removed and the Health Department has got 306 doctors through PPSC in the month of October, 2018.

Similarly, 513 post of Medical Officer (Specialist MS/MD) were advertised. However due to inadequate response the Department has been able to appoint only 140 Specialist doctors.

As per instructions dated 2015 of the previous government, doctors appointed were given fixed salary of Rs. 15,600 for the first three years. This government decided to grant them full salary and allowances including NPA.

He informed that the department has been pursuing the case for transfer of 750 Rural Medical Officers (RMO) from Rural Development & Panchayats Department to Health Department. There are still 373 of Specialists and 256 Medical Officers are vacant and very soon these posts are
being filled-up.

Health & Wellness Centres have been opened in 190 sub-centres and 239 PHCs. 258 candidates after completion of their training would be available at the end of February, 2019 and 258 more sub-centres would be converted into Health and Wellness Centres.

800 candidates are being shortlisted for 6 month Bridge Course and they would be available at the end of June, 2019 i.e. by June end, 1487 Wellness Centres at sub-centres and PHC level. A proposal for filling up all the posts of doctors and para-medics is being moved to the cabinet. Besides 866 employees of various categories have been appointed under National Health Mission by the present government and case for filling up of 2100 posts is under process.

Health Minister said that similarly, the finance department has recently permitted the Health department to fill-up total vacancies of Medical Officers and Para-medical staffs of ESI hospital temporarily till the regular staff is appointed.

80 new ambulances under 108 services providing emergency patient transport services shall be shortly added to the fleet. The Department is going to launch Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojana for Rs. 5 lakh insurance cover from 1st March, 2019 benefitting 43 lakh families in the State. Health department has prepared comprehensive plan for strengthening the sub divisional hospitals and district hospitals so as to ensure that maximum people avail the treatment in government hospitals under the insurance scheme.

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