City govt hospitals to scrap pvt wards

'All including CM will be treated same'

The Delhi government plans to do away with private wards at government hospitals and provide “equal” facilities for all patients and create more beds.

No patient would be given differential treatment at the state-run hospitals, said Health Minister Satyendra Jain on Friday.

“There will be only general wards at government hospitals where all patients get standard treatment. The existing private wards will be converted into general wards. The private wards are such designed that they can accommodate more number of beds than these currently are,” said Jain.

This will put an end to the VIP culture. Everybody including the Chief Minister, ministers and VIPs will get similar treatment, said the minister.

“Designing at the government hospitals is neglected. More space needs to be created for patients,” he added.

Admitting that the existing situation was “bad” at government hospitals, the minister said there was a need to overhaul the system.

“When I visited some hospitals, I realised how bad the situation was. There were two to three women and their babies on each bed in the maternity ward. Patient overloading at hospitals needs to be resolved,” said Jain. This will be achieved by December, 2017, the minister added.

The government is now planning to come up with new blocks at Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital, Babu Jagjivan Ram Hospital, Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital, Rao Tula Ram Hospital, Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital and Lok Nayak Hospital. At LBS Hospital, the existing 100 beds will be expanded to 300 and the existing 160 emergency beds at LNJP to 600. “The blocks will be air-conditioned and have solar panels. Convenience of patients is our priority,” said Jain.

“Most of the other hospitals like GTB Hospital, DDU Hospital and Bhagwan Mahavir will be renovated,” he added.

The AAP government also has plans for new hospitals in Nangloi, Sarita Vihar, Vikaspuri and Chhatarpur – the lands of which are already available. “We are also trying to procure 10 more plots,” the minister said.

The other major plans of the government include coming up with health insurance for Delhiites and health cards. The government is studying models of other states before implementing this scheme. 

Eligibility criteria“The eligibility criteria has not been decided yet. There will be three slabs in the insurance scheme. It might be free for certain one category, while the next two categories will have to pay a certain amount of money annually. Patients will be able to seek services at private hospitals empanelled with the government,” said Jain.

The health cards which the government plans to issue to patients will enable doctors to view the medical history and treatment details. 

“The health cards can be used at any window – polyclinics, mohalla clinics and hospitals. It will take a year before this scheme is implemented. We are computerising all hospital work,” he said.

The government is also planning to bring in MBA graduates to take over the non-clinical work at hospitals. 

“In a pilot survey, it was found that doctors have to spend 30-40 per cent of their time in non-clinical work. We will try to relieve doctors from non-clinical work so that they can focus on patients,” said Jain.

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