Getting a private ward at the Lok Nayak or GB Pant hospitals may soon become a thing of the past. The Delhi government thinks these chargeable facilities where one could book a separate room with attached bath room and pantry, are occupying excess space and should be replaced with more general wards.
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Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain said on Friday the process of demolishing the private wards will be taken up soon. “We do not want any VIP facility at our hospitals. For that, one can go to private facilities. Our aim is to provide basic health facilities to all,” he said.
The Delhi government, he added, aims to add 10,000 beds in city hospitals by the end of 2017. Also, 150 polyclinics-standalone health facilities with four to five super-specialists and diagnostic services such as x-ray, ultrasound and ECG-will be set up.”Two polyclinics are already functional. We are going to inaugurate 20 more on Sunday,” Jain said.
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In the existing hospitals, the health minister added, work is on to expand the existing infrastructure by utilising every inch of space available. “New blocks will be constructed at Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital, Ambedkar Hospital, Rao Tula Ram Memorial Hospital, Babu Jagjivan Ram Hospital and Sanjay Gandhi Hospital. At Lok Nayak hospital, the emergency ward has only 18 beds. We plan to increase it to 50 and add more beds in its different emergency wards. There is a design flaw common to all government hospitals as focus is more on creating more space for offices and labs while the patient area is adjusted,” the health minister said.
Jain also said that Delhi Development Authority was supposed to provide land at 10 places to build hospitals 11 months ago, but there has been no movement in that. “Even the LG, whom I met to discuss the matter recently, failed to help,” the minister claimed.
While the government is coming up with major plans for health infrastructure in the city, it has still not come up with a solution on how to run two large super-specialty hospitals in Janakpuri and Tahirpur built at a cost of over Rs 300 crore that continue to lie unused for over five years. “We will make them fully-functional soon,” Jain only had this to say when asked about it.