CSR and Public hospitals: why not think differently?Our Vice-President, Mr Venkaiah Naidu has talked about throwing open the new hospitals to the private sector through a public-private partnership. One really does not know what will happen if this is seriously done. How will the poor patients manage the high cost of medicine?
Instead, if the private Corporate houses can spend a portion of their expenses under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) umbrella, we can achieve far better results. Why for example, can't a consortium of six big retail shops in Chennai or Coimbatore, for example, donate some five crore per annum to a Government hospital and also oversee the facilities? Better rest rooms, better water facilities, better hygiene, better beds and so on. Once this is done, there will be solid base for the Government hospitals to offer far better services to poor people.
They can even take over the cost of more ambulance services. Or maintenance of all housekeeping services. If it is in Government hands as of now, "not my responsibility" attitude creeps in, with disastrous results.
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