Siddaiah proposes to include PHCs under BBMP

He told mediapersons that both the BBMP and the Health Department have talked about the repatriation of PHCs in the six newly-added City Municipal Corporations (CMC) and one Town Municipal Corporation (TMC) to the Palike.

“Some lacunae have been observed in the jurisdiction of PHCs under the Department of Health vis-a-vis the BBMP in the outlying areas. Hence, to set it right it is better to bring all the PHCs under our jurisdiction,” he said.

He also proposed to have the health department officers on deputation with the Palike, until more posts for doctors and nurses are created.

The BBMP will require at least three years to recruit more doctors and nurses to all the PHCs in Bangalore, said Palike officers.   

However, the Health Department is sceptical about the move. An officer observed it was appropriate that both the hospitals and PHCs were run by one agency, as it would amount to better co-ordination.

Also, officers in the Health Department are experienced and better equipped in implementing various national programmes, he added.

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