Apollo Hospitals is in the process of taking over the Chittoor Government Hospital in the first stage and three other government hospitals in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The agreement between the Apollo Group of Hospitals and Chittoor Government Hospital has already been reached.
Three other hospitals include the Palamaner Government Area Hospital, Bangarupalem, a 50-bed hospital and P Kothakota Hospital.
With the handover process reported to be initiated, it is evident that the state government is interested in a corporate takeover now. Even the Apollo Group is interested in attaching more government hospitals for its expansion in the district, in a phased manner.
However, this decision has received resistance from the employees, medical officers, paramedical staff of the government hospitals who are skeptical of the privatization of the district hospitals.
Speaking to The Hans India, Chittoor Government Hospital superintendent Dr Jaya Raj admitted that stage has been set to handover the Chittoor Government Hospital to Apollo Group of Hospitals.