Public Procurement In Healthcare Experts find new policy worrisome
With the economy reeling under the coronavirus snare, PM Modi’s ‘Make in India’ vision is picking pace. In its recent initiatives, the Government of India released the revised Public Procurement Order (PPO) 2017 to encourage the self-reliance rhetoric, giving domestic players the impetus that promises to withhold the government’s Atmanirbhar dream. The revised version of PPO 2017 is all set to give preference to companies “with goods and services containing 50 per cent or more local content”. A clear bias or a step towards a self-reliant India? Experts share their perspective on the overall objective, keeping patient safety at the core of healthcare.
The one thing that PPO seems to have missed is the fact that most critically ill patients in India are referred to premier government medical institutes like AIIMS, PGIMER and R & R as the last resort for survival. Now, when the new Order will restrict the access of world-class devices to these hospitals, they will not be able to treat the patients with the latest life-saving technologies, implants and monitoring systems. They have to refer back the patients to private hospitals, leading to patients incurring the heavy cost of critical care.