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Delhi gets 2,724 crore for healthcare in Budget

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An increase in the number of hospital beds, a new medical college, a multi-speciality health unit, more ambulances and dialysis units are among the highlights for the health sector in the Delhi Budget announced for 2014-15.

“Hospital projects for Rs.940 crore are currently under execution which would provide over 1,400 additional beds and through concerted efforts, over 900 doctors and 1,100 nurses have been recruited for various health facilities in the past few months,” noted the Budget.

Two of the largest hospitals, Lok Nayak Jaya Prakash and Guru Teg Bahadur that together cater to about a third of the patient load of hospitals of the Delhi Government, are being transformed into model healthcare centres. Systems are being put in place for providing better quality healthcare.

Stating that the Government proposes a plan outlay of Rs.2,724 crore for the health sector during 2014-15, the Budget for the Capital also envisages one multi-speciality hospital for South Delhi in the current year.

Besides this, 30 units have been commissioned under public-private partnership for providing free dialysis to poor patients suffering from kidney failure. Fifty more such units will be added in the current year.

To provide prompt trauma care, 110 new ambulances fitted with state-of-the-art life support equipment will be inducted in the Centralised Accident and Trauma Services (CATS) fleet. Online facility has also been launched for OPD registration. Issuing of free birth registration certificate at the time of discharge of the mother and the newborn baby from the Government hospitals has also been started.

The Government has also proposed to set up one-stop centres in government hospitals in each district for crisis management and rehabilitation of victims of sexual assault. Three such centres at Deen Dayal Hospital, Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital and Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital will become functional in the next three months. Here, the victims will be provided proper medical care along with legal and psycho-social counselling and support in a secure, gender-friendly environment.

Reacting to the Budget allocations and proposed enhancement of the healthcare, Dr. Anil Bansal of the Delhi Medical Association noted: “The most welcome feature is the fact that the Government has listed out that over 10 lakh OPD patients and 32,000 in-patient department from economically weaker sections were provided free medical care in private hospitals of Delhi during the past one year. Now to help them further an online facility has been launched to book beds for eligible poor patients in such hospitals. This not only brings in transparency but also accountability among the private healthcare providers and the government.”

Keeping in mind the quantum of work load with existing forensic science laboratory the Government has also proposed to set up three more forensic science laboratories for which land at Sheikh Sarai, Rohini and Village Sayurpur has been purchased at a cost of Rs.11.25 crore.

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