GOVT PLANS TO EXIT HEALTHCARE SECTOR AND THE LOSS-MAKING AI?
NEW DELHI: The NDA government on Saturday indicated the possibility of its exit from Air India and from the hospital sector, a month after a committee of secretaries recommended that it start planning to get out of air services. “In times to come, the DoPT will chalk out a possible plan for exit of government sectors from hospitals, air services, etc, and a sunset clause will be attached to every new scheme,” minister of state in the prime minister’s office ( PMO), Jitendra Singh, said on Saturday, according to an official press release.
The release was issued after Singh addressed a meeting of the Department of Personnel and Training to review the action plan for the year. Sources in the ministries of health and civil aviation maintained they were “not aware” of the government’s privatisation plans, as disclosed by the minister.
Singh later told HT, “There is no decision on privatisation of these sectors. What the government is looking at is what its optimum participation in these sectors should be. These are issues that will be thrashed out later.”
But Public Health Foundation of India president Dr K Srinath Reddy said it was absolutely necessary for the government to stay significantly involved in the healthcare sector. “AIIMS, PGIs and other such (institutes) provide quality healthcare without commercial motives. These hospitals are also major training centres for doctors. Institutes like AIIMS, PGIMER have benefitted the private sector as well as the best doctors in private hospitals come from there,” he said.
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