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Health Policy, 2016: Gujarat govt to take medical services to rural areas, open six private colleges

Under the policy, Chaudhary said that initially six districts have been identified to set up brownfield self-financed medical colleges.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad |
December 14, 2016 1:51:09 am

With an aim to provide modern medical facilities to remote areas of the state and to overcome the shortage of medical professionals in these areas, the Gujarat government Tuesday announced its Health Policy, 2016 that will be in place till March 2022. Under the policy, the government is planning to start six brownfield self-financed medical colleges in Tapi, Dahod, Panchmahals, Banaskantha, Bharuch and Amreli districts by upgrading the government hospitals there on Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) model.

The policy was announced by Minister of State for Health Shankar Chaudhary here in the presence of Principal Secretary (Health & Family Welfare — Medical Education & Medical Services) Pankaj Kumar and J P Gupta (Health Commissioner).

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Under the policy, Chaudhary said that initially six districts have been identified to set up brownfield self-financed medical colleges. For this, the government will promote private parties by giving them building of government hospitals and land on lease to fulfill the requirement of minimum 300 beds for a medical college. Many other benefits will also be given to the “eligible organisations” with whom the state government will sign a detailed service agreement in this regard.

On similar lines, the state government is also planning to promote private players to start greenfield medical colleges across the state as per the rules of the Medical Council of India (MCI). To start a greenfield medical college, the private players will get several reliefs like land at 50 per cent rate of the market rate. The hospitals associated with such medical college will have to give benefits of Mukhya Mantri Amrutam Yojana.

To provide super specialty health services to the people of rural and interior areas of Gujarat, the state government will give a range of benefits to private players in those areas. Under the policy, the government is also planning to bring basic diagnostic facilities in rural and interior areas by giving 30 % financial help for purchase of diagnostic instruments in 49 backward talukas

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