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Govt Chooses PPP Mode To Run Major Hospitals

After health minister Vishwajit Rane indicated the possibility of forging a public private partnership (PPP) to operate Goa’s new hospital facilities, a government committee has shortlisted Pricewaterhouse Coopers India (PwC) and Ernst & Young as consultants. Two weeks ago, five empanelled consultants were invited to give their presentations to pitch for the massive project.

The committee headed by the secretary of health felt that PwC and E & Y may be invited for discussing timelines and the terms of resource deployment. After discussions, a final recommendation will be made, an official said. The south Goa district hospital and the super speciality block at Goa Medical College (GMC) and hospital, Bambolim, are set to be ready at the end of the year. Similarly, the 100-bed Chicalim Cottage hospital and another 100-bed hospital will be ready for commissioning in the next few months. The Goa Cancer center which is being planned in the GMC premises, is slated to be ready in 2020.

Rane said they wanted to adopt the best possible mode of operations for those five hospitals so that they offer the best healthcare to the people of Goa.

The official said the presentation by Pricewaterhouse Coopers India was more thorough in terms of their understanding of the projects that will have to be taken up. “PwC’s presentation was supported by data and research. It also came up with innovative ideas for using old hospital infrastructure,” he said. The presentation by Ernst & Young was impressive as well, he added. The firm has experience in commissioning three superspeciality hospitals in India . It suggested a time frame of one month for a feasibility study and three months for bringing on board a suitable private partner, he said. – TOI