Shimla: Working against privatization of healthcare, the Communist Party of India (Marxists) is holding week long protests before medical institutions to create awareness.
Tikender Panwar, member secretary CPI(M) the sit in protest being carried out at primary health centers, district hospitals and Indira Gandhi Medical College and hospital would be scaled up to mass contact program, highlighting the fallout because of the paradigm shift in health carse services.
The UPA government had committed to provide medicines at bearable costs but the market was awash with drugs that a common could not afford, says Panwar. The union government had failed to control prices of essential drugs, he added.
The party holds that the BJP state government was intent upon carrying out commericalisation of healthcare on a large scale under the garb of private public partnerships.
“Rogi Kalyan Samitis are now being formed in every institution and they are set up only to collect charges from the patients for whatever investigations are handed out to them,” he said. “These samitis need to be scrapped,” demanded Panwar.
By offering to hand over government hospitals to the private sector in order to open up medical colleges, the BJP government has virtually turned health services into an industry.
Handing out the medical institution project of Vivekanand Memorial Trust (VRMT) at Palamapur to a Jaypee charity has been termed as betrayal of public trust by the communist party.
The party has sought increased expenditure on public health, price reduction of essential drugs, stop contractual appointment of medical staff, stall handing over government hospitals to private institutions and scrap handing over VRMT to another charity.