A parliamentary committee said on Saturday that private hospitals had raised huge amounts due to the lack of beds in government hospitals and the lack of specific guidelines to treat the epidemic amid growing cases of Kovid-19. Along with this, the committee emphasized that many deaths could have been avoided by the permanent pricing process.
Ram Gopal Yadav, Chairman of the Standing Parliamentary Committee on Health, submitted a report of “Outbreak of Kovid-19 epidemic and its management” to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu. This is the first report of any parliamentary committee on dealing with the Kovid-19 epidemic by the government.
The committee said that spending on health in the country with a population of 1.3 billion is “extremely low” and the fragility of the Indian health system posed a major obstacle to effectively combat the epidemic. The report states that the committee therefore recommends the government to increase its investment in the public health system.
The committee asked the government to make sustained efforts to achieve the National Health Policy targets of spending up to 2.5 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) within two years as the scheduled time of 2025 is still far away and public health up to that point Cannot be put at risk.
In the National Health Policy 2017, the target of government spending on healthcare is 2.5 percent of GDP by 2025 which was 1.15 percent in 2017. The committee said that it was felt that the number of beds in the government hospitals of the country was not sufficient for the increasing number of Kovid and non-Kovid patients.
The report said that due to lack of specific guidelines for the treatment of Kovid in private hospitals, patients had to pay exorbitant fees. The committee emphasized that there is a need for better partnership between government and private hospitals in view of the lack of government health facilities and epidemics.
The committee said that the doctors who laid down their lives in the fight against the epidemic should be recognized as martyrs and their families should be given adequate compensation.
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