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In a bid to improve the quality of medical education as well as enhance the infrastructure available in the medical colleges of Karnataka, the state government has decided to implement a Public-Private Partnership.
Under the new model or operations, the state has welcomed proposals from private organisations to develop a new model which will facilitate a partnership between the medical colleges and the private players.
As per sources, the state government is now considering a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for the medical colleges in the state. As per the decision, the contract will last 60 years for all private organisations who partake in the new model and assist the medical colleges of the state.
NITI Aayog had approached the state government with the proposal of the Public-Private Partnership in the medical colleges, which had been accepted by the Deputy Chief Minister and the Medical Education Minister.
After extensive consultation with the state government and the different stakeholders by NITI Aayog, the Deputy CM stated that the state medical colleges have been witnessing a shortage in medical facilities and infrastructure, such as shortages in beds and qualified medical doctors and staff, which is directly affecting the quality of the medical colleges. Stating these facts, he added that the current need of the hour is to allow private players to contribute to the development of the colleges. In fact, more developmental projects must be undertaken in order to improve the health care sector.
The Deputy CM further stated that the Government along with the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Science (RGUHS) has been working towards including the medical colleges under the government and RGUHS. He adds that further development and support to these colleges will only be possible if private companies lend a helping hand as well.
The Minister stated that the District hospitals currently hold 150-200 beds, which through the new PPP model, can be bumped up to 500-700 beds. This sharp increase may also result in the improvement of the overall quality and numbers as well.
As per the Document of Principles for PPP model, the NITI Aayog stated that the Centre and the State Govt. cannot, single-handedly, bridge the gaps in medical education, considering the limited resources available to them. This is one of the major reasons as to why a Public-Private Partnership needs to be formed so that the best of both the public and private sectors can be combined, to improve the healthcare sector.
Subsequently, a new scheme will also be developed to link either existing and/or new private medical colleges to work with the District Hospitals under the PPP Model, thus, boosting the medical seats as well as “rationalise the costs of medical education”.
Further, the NITI Aayog has also developed a Concession Agreement Guiding Principles for Setting Up Colleges under PPP. As per the Concession Agreement, the “Concessionaire” will design, develop, fund, operate as well as maintain medical college. Further, the duty for upgrading, operating and maintaining the District Hospital associated with the college will lie with the concessionaire, while also ensuring an annual enrolment of 150 MBBS students.
In short, the companies will lend a helping hand in order to develop and enhance the overall quality of the medical college and the education imparted by them. The objective of the PPP model for Private organisations to participate and assist in all areas of managing a medical college and the associated District Hospital.
The Karnataka State has decided to implement a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model for its medical colleges and District Hospitals. The step has been taken to improve and enhance the overall infrastructure and medical education provided by the medical colleges in the state.