Public hospitals can even make a healthy person sick and 15 resident doctors being diagnosed with dengue in the last few days at KEM Hospital should act as an eye-opener. KEM was submerged in water during the heavy downpour during Ganpati festival. It seems no action was taken by the authorities to clear stagnant water even after the warning from BMC and helpless doctors have become the victims to such fatal diseases.
Public hospitals should be handed to corporates for better functioning. Most big corporate groups have their charitable trusts and government should encourage large corporates to run public hospitals on No Profit No Loss basis so that they become partners in social programmes that help the poor. Tax concessions could be given as an incentive so that depleted hospitals can be modernised with latest equipments that are life saving for the patients!
(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)