VISAKHAPATNAM: Eleven integrated health cities with 1,000-bed hospitals in each have been planned across India including one in Andhra Pradesh under the public-private partnership (PPP) mode. The memorandum of implementation has been signed with the AP government to take the project forward. Apart from this, around six Indo-UK health clinics are to be set up in Vizag and other cities of Andhra Pradesh based on local requirement.
The memorandum of implementation for the hospitals was signed at the recently concluded CII Partnership Summit between the state government, Economic Development Board, AP Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) and Indo UK Institute of Health (IUIH). The MoU was signed by the TDP regime and these agencies a few months ago.
Among the 11 states, cities in seven states have already been identified and MoUs concluded with the respective state governments of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Karnataka, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Elaborating on the Rs 2-billion health city project, Dr Rajdeep Singh Chhina, chief operating officer (India) of IUIH averred, the integrated health cities would be set up with an investment of Rs 1,000 crore each. “In AP, the proposed health city would be located at Amaravati and the memorandum of implementation was exchanged with the state government in the CII meet while the MoU was signed a few months ago.”
“The integrated health city would offer affordable, accessible and appropriate super-specialty health care for the public including reserving 20% of beds for the poor and BPL patients. Besides, 1,000 beds, diagnostic services including CT scans and mammograms would be available. At a later phase, research and development centre as well as medical college, nursing and dental college would be added to the set up. Around 10,000 jobs would be created associated with each of the integrated health cities. Talks are also on to include air ambulance service in the health cities. The quality checks of international standard would be undertaken by UK-based National Health Services.” informed Dr Rajdeep.
“Apart from the health city in Amaravati, Indo-UK health clinics would be set up in certain cities of AP including six-seven clinics in Vizag,” added the doctor.
The integrated health city would offer affordable, accessible and appropriate super-specialty health care for public, including reserving 20% of beds for BPL patients. Besides, 1,000 beds, diagnostic services including CT scans and mammograms would be available. R&D centre as well as medical college, nursing and dental college would be added.