It may take chief minister Arvind Kejriwal longer than the promised four months to install necessary equipment at Delhi hospitals to reduce the current waiting period of July 2018 for a non-emergency scan.
After HT’s report on July 23 about 34 Delhi government hospitals sharing one MRI machine, Kejriwal tweeted, “Tenders done for 5 MRI n 10 CT Scan. They’ll come in 4 mnths. It’ll take smetime to correct decades of misgovernance”.
But tenders floated by the government in February to install five MRI and 10 CT scan machines on a public-private partnership basis have got no bids.
“Two bidders showed interest in February, but did not bid as they had several concerns with the terms and conditions. A revised tender was floated a month ago and the same bidders came back with problems that remain unaddressed,” said a Delhi government official.
He said fresh tender may have to be scrapped and a new one floated to draw fresh bidders.
Under the terms and conditions stated in the tender floated in February, a copy of which is with the HT, bidders will be responsible for the machines, infrastructure and human resources.
If the diagnostic centre is not at the hospital premises, the bidder will also have to provide transportation to patients to and from the hospitals.
The 24x7 centres will have to do CT/ MRI scans for head injury, trauma cases and other emergency cases within two hours and routine MRIs within six hours. The scans will be done free of cost for the patients, with the government paying the bidder for the scans at the end of the week.
The Delhi government has made no budget allocation of the project.
“The tender is active, but some of the conditions in the tender have to be revised to address the concerns of the bidders. We are trying to get a good bargain for the government while ensuring that the private players do not function at a loss. It takes some negotiating to get a balanced tender,” said the Delhi health secretary Tarun Seem.
“The health department has asked for suggestions from bidders in 10 days about changes needed. After that, the department will draft a revised tender in two-to-three days,” he said.
This will be followed by a pre-bid meeting to address any concerns, the floating of the tender and bidding by those interested. Once the competitive bid is selected, equipment installation will be started, said an industry insider, who did not want to be named.
“If everything is finalised and space is allocated, just the installation of MRI and CT scan machines will take between 12 and 14 weeks (three to three and a half months),” he said.