SRINAGAR: Doctors Association of Kashmir Thursday castigated governments policy of public private partnership (PPP) mode which will lead to privatization of government hospitals and poor patients will suffer at the hands of private players.
By way of PPP mode government intends to install diagnostic equipments like PET scan, MRI, CT scan, Dialysis machines, ventilators and digital x-ray. The decision has been taken to benefit a particular firm M/s Krsna diagnostic pvt ltd Pune in violation of norms, DAK President Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan in a statement issued today, He said on the basis of Expression of Interest this firm was the only bidder and tender was allotted to it overnight.
He said PPP mode is anti people and anti poor. The government functionaries are promoting it with a sole motive to mint money from private firms. These private parties will be using government hospitals for earning money and draining poor patients thus adding to their miseries. This will not only affect patient care but will tell upon training of doctors. Our skilled people will be used for running these machines and trainees will not be allowed to use these machines.
Minister for medical education giving a lame excuse that central government forced state government for ppp mode by transferring central government funds to central agencies rather than state government, he said.
He said on one hand Minister admits lapse of funds, on the other hand says that ppp mode has been conceived because of financial constraints of the state. Government earlier also tried to privatize government hospitals by establishing paid evening clinics which was opposed by DAK and government was forced to revoke its decision.
Government has enough resources to purchase and maintain diagnostic equipments. People have fundamental right to health and state is duty bound to give free health to all people in government hospitals, he said, adding DAK will agitate against the privatization of government hospitals and will start an awareness programme in general public against this conspiracy.
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