The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has offered to run a 300-bed Delhi government super-speciality hospital that is not ready to admit patients, six years after it was opened to public.
“We are in talks with the Delhi government and have conveyed to them that we could use this facility effectively since it is a super-speciality hospital. We are more than willing,” said Dr MC Misra, director of AIIMS.
The 300 bed hospital in west Delhi’s Janakpuri still cannot admit patients, though land for the hospital was allotted in the late 1990s, and it was officially inaugurated in 2008.
Government sources said AIIMS authorities are interested in utilising the infrastructure, lying waste all these years.
“Modalities have to be worked out as to how we can go about it. Funding is important but we can provide the manpower,” said Dr Misra.
Around 9,000 people visit the country’s premier hospital daily, with more than 2000 getting admitted.
At any given point, nearly 500 people are on the admission waiting list, a shortfall of around 25%.
Janakpuri’s super-speciality hospital, along with 650-bed Rajiv Gandhi super-specialty hospital in east Delhi’s Tahirpur, has found a mention in successive Delhi budgets for close to 15 years, without the projects taking concrete shape.
It took over 10 years to build the two hospitals after land was allocated, and more than five to decide how these hospitals would be made functional, with lack of manpower being the primary issue.
The Delhi government initially planned to run the facilities under the public private partnership (PPP) model. But the plan did not work out because quality private players didn’t bid for the hospitals.
“Not many applied for the tender as there were too many conditions. They did not find running the hospitals financially viable,” said a senior official requesting anonymity.
After the PPP failure, the government decided to run the two hospitals under the society model, where senior health officials and well-known names in the medical field are entrusted the responsibility of running the hospitals.
It has been nearly two years, and the idea hasn’t materialised.