Maharashtra: The state government has decided to take the route of private partnership for starting Government Medical Colleges (GMCs) in each district here. A proposal is expected to be submitted by the appointed committee suggesting alternative models in one month’s time.
A committee to handle the matter has already been constituted under the Chairmanship of Dr Vedprakash Mishra, Chancellor of Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences; while, Joint Director of Directorate of Medical Education and Research Dr Prakash Wakode will be its member. Medical Education Minister Vinod Tawde has been directing the matter.
The private partnership is expected to give an impetus to the government’s plan to have a GMC in every district. Most of the districts have an existing district hospital, with 100-beds required in each hospital to have an affiliate medical funds secured for the purpose.
The appointed committee is now likely to study the financial implications of the public-private concept at hand. Following which, one model will be chosen by the government to establish the new medical college.
As reported by Hitavada, recently, Medical Council of India (MCI) had mooted out a proposal under which new private medical college will be given the responsibility of District Hospital. The college owner will not have to have its own hospital but it will have to maintain the Government Hospital. This will save lot of public expenditure on Government Hospitals and simultaneously provide a readymade hospital infrastructure to new private medical colleges. This decision has been recently notified by Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry.
A MCI panel led by Dr Vedprakash Mishra while recommending this relaxation, put the onus of maintaining entire health infrastructure on private colleges and made it mandatory to safeguard the interest of State Governments.
In addition, under this proposal, there will be 20% seats reserved for government quota by these private medical colleges. MCI norms will also have to be followed for delivery in patient care at affiliated hospitals of the private medical colleges.