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No Special Treatment To VIPs In Government Hospitals, Says Delhi Health Minister

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 19: Patients await for routine check-up as they lie under a mosquito net inside a dengue ward of a government hospital, on September 19, 2015 in New Delhi, India. As Delhi battles its worst dengue outbreak in five years, authorities are grappling with complaints of medical negligence and insufficient infrastructure. According to municipal corporation officials, over 2,000 people have tested positive for the vector-borne disease. Delhi remained in the grip of panic over dengue as two minor girls died of it taking the toll to 16 on a day the number of people down with the mosquito-borne fever crossed 2,000 as hospitals across the city continued to reel under acute pressure. Patients struggled to secure beds even as several hospitals have started emptying wards belonging to other departments to accommodate dengue patients. (Photo by Arun Sharma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain today said that government has decided to do away with the 'VIP culture' in all government hospitals in the national capital.

Addressing the CII 9th Health Insurance Summit here, Jain said that government is making efforts to give everyone, including the poor and the rich, quality treatment.

"Government has decided to do away with the VIP culture in the government hospitals. Our effort is to give everyone quality treatment irrespective of his income or other profile," the health minister said.

In this regard, Jain mentioned that an amount of Rs 4,000 crores is being spent annually, which was enough to meet the health requirements if expended efficiently and for the purpose it was meant for.

The Health Minister also underscored the need for building trust between the government and the private sector to strengthen the health infrastructure in Delhi and ensuring quality health services to the masses.

"The industry input will be vital since they have the hands-on experience in implementing the project and running it in an efficient manner," he added.

Jain said that the Delhi government would be setting up 500 'Mohalla Clinics' in the next one year or so, designed to cater mainly to the economically weaker sections.

Also, the capacity of government hospitals will be enhanced by adding 10,000 or so new beds in the next two-and-a-half years.

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