Kejriwal government has acknowledged the poor healthcare infrastructure in Delhi acting as a major bottleneck in the prosperity and quality of life of citizens of Delhi. Along with education, health became a major of focus of the delhi budget 2015-16.
“Improvement of Health services in Delhi in a holistic manner, with focus both on preventive and curative health care, along with making healthcare facilities accessible is another priority area for the Government”, said Manish Sisodia, the Delhi Finance Minister in his Delhi budget 2015-16 speech.
Increasing its focus on healthcare the government has allocated total expenditure of ₹ 4787 crore on Health in 2015-16. This includes Plan Budget of ₹ 3138 crore which is 45% more than the plan expenditure in 2014-15 which was at ₹ 2164 crore. Following are the health highlights of this year’s Delhi budget 2015-16.
- Three new hospitals with total bed capacity of 1800 are planned at Nangloi, Siraspur and Madipur
- It is planned to remodel and upgrade 11 existing hospitals which will add 4000 more beds in next two years
- Government is planning to set-up 500 “ Mohalla Clinic: in all parts of Delhi in the current financial year
- Five Centralised labs with modern facility will be set up in North, South, East, West and Central Delhi to provide diagnostic services to the patients visiting the Mohalla Clinic
- Government is planning to setup an advance Trauma Care Centre in LN Hospital for sports injury rehabilitation with 100 trauma beds including ICU and OT facilities.
- Online booking for free bed facility in 42 private hospitals for the economical weaker section to be made available
- To maintain health data, record for registration and treatment at different hospitals of delhi govt. health card to be issued individually
- Free medicine will be provided to the citizens of Delhi through charitable clinics/dispensaries.