GOVT PLANS TO EXIT HEALTH­CARE SEC­TOR AND THE LOSS-MAK­ING AI?

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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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