Aiming to improve the healthcare situation, the Uttar Pradesh medical education department has decided to provide incentives for setting up medical colleges on a public-private partnership model in 16 districts in the state. The land for opening medical colleges in the districts has already been identified.
The interested bidders are invited to submit the expression of interest by the 5th of November.
There is no government or private medical college in 16 districts, including Baghpat, Ballia, Bhadohi, Chitrakoot, Hamirpur, Hathras, Kasganj, Maharajganj, Mahoba, Mainpuri, Mau, Rampur, Sambhal, Sant Kabirnagar, Shamli and Shravasti.
“Many big institutions of the country have expressed their willingness to open medical colleges,” said Alok Kumar, principal secretary, medical education department, in a press statement on Wednesday.
The medical education department had recently issued the policy regarding setting up of medical colleges in 16 districts on PPP model after getting the approval of the cabinet and had provided three options.
Read also about another Indian state Maharashtra that decided to set up new medical colleges and super-specialty hospitals across the state under PPP.
The idea of using PPP model is to link new or existing private medical colleges with the government district hospitals under a PPP agreement.
The public policy think tank of Indian government, NITI Aayog, is also developing draft guidelines for a “viability gap funding” to attach these medical colleges to existing district hospitals in public-private-partnership mode.
“The policy aims to provide fiscal and/or non-fiscal incentives and other support to incentivize private sector entities to set up medical colleges and hospital facilities,” the official notice said.
There were only 17 medical colleges and hospitals prior to 2016 and the state today has 16 unserved districts left in terms of planning and development of medical colleges.
The Uttar Pradesh government is inviting applications in three modes:
- private sector shall bring in own operational hospital and adequate land for setting up of medical college.
- authority shall provide land on lease to the private sector entity for setting up of the medical college.
- authority shall provide an existing district hospital on lease to the applicant. The Applicant shall have the obligation to bring adequate land parcel in accordance with the extant regulations for the development of medical college infrastructure notified by National Medical Commission (NMC).
According to the Hindustan Times report, the medical colleges to be set up in 16 districts will have 1600 new doctors and about 10,000 vacancies.