Port hospitals need “advancement and development”; ministry looking for a mix of academic utilization and advancement of medical care facilities
Union shipping minister Nitin Gadkari today approved converting port trust hospitals to medical colleges under public-private partnership (PPP) model.
“We will convert the existing hospitals at our ports into medical colleges and super-speciality centres on a PPP basis,” Gadkari said. “We need to have smart hospitals”.
The seats in such medical colleges would depend on capacity, he added.
He took note of the recommendations tabled by Vedprakash Mishra, member Medical Council of India (MCI), led committee and decided to “upgrade and advance” port hospitals.
He said that people living in coastal areas must be able to avail “five star medical facilities” at pubic hospital charges.
Acknowledging the cost constraints, he said that a “PPP model in vogue” would be adopted to finance the plan.
“Infrastructure and land is ready… We’ll finance to modernise them, if need be…,” he said adding that “experienced and successful organisations, whether charitable trusts or corporate,” can come forward to run them.
The recommendations suggested that healthcare facilities at port hospitals at Mumbai, Cochin, Chennai, Kolkata and Vishakhapatnam “need to be upgraded into tertiary facilities” and said that PPP model would free the government from any financial liability.
“The five port hospitals have the potential of bed strength which, if augmented, can be taken to the eligible, for the purpose of linking with starting of a medical college,” said Vedprakash Mishra.The minister said that port hospitals-turned-medical colleges would provide employment opportunities in future in paramedical services.