The Communist Party of India (Marxists) had held the eight month old BJP government of back-tracking on its poll promise of strengthening public health institutions by inviting the corporate sector to open medical colleges for which it proposes to offer state runs district hospitals.
Tikender Panwar, member state CPI(M) secretariat said, “the government has opened backdoor entry doors for handing over the public health system to the private sector through the private public partnership mode.”
He said a notification by the medical education and research department has invited proposals for ‘green field’ medical college projects from private parties who set up a corpus of Rs 3 crore for the project, where as it costs anything beyond Rs 50 crore for setting up any kind of medical education institution.
The government has offered to let out the district hospitals of Mandi, Una and Hamirpur for use by any private medical college that comes up in these districts, he said. This was a blatantly handing over hard built government healthcare system to the private sector, said Panwar.