Trivedi expresses dissatisfaction over Health ministry working

Minister of State for Health Dinesh Trivedi on Thursday expressed dissatisfaction over the working of his ministry saying the present system cannot deliver.

Last Updated: Sep 02, 2010, 23:37 PM IST

New Delhi: Having confronted the bureaucracy
once over one of his stalled projects, Minister of State for
Health Dinesh Trivedi on Thursday expressed dissatisfaction over the
working of his ministry saying the present system cannot
deliver.

Trivedi said today that the health ministry was in a
mess and getting worse day by day.

"What we have done in government is that we have just set
up committees...I won`t name the committees. Now, I am sure
there would be a Trivedi committee," he said, adding, "that
is the mess we have created".

"As an MoS what we get is a car with a red light," he
said, adding he was not interested in these facilities.

"We have a right to life but it is meaningless without
the right to health. I am one of those few stupid ministers
who like to work and so I started reading up and found that
one of the committees had set standards for packaged water and
Coca Cola.

"But there is no standard for drinking water, then whom
are we working for. The entire health system of our country is
elitist," he added.

In a CII function earlier in the day, he went through
government statistics saying that he agreed with figures
estimating the percentage of spurious drugs in the country to
be high.

"When I had to answer to Parliament, It was 0.34 per cent
only. We are suffering from this syndrome," he lamented.

Asserting that he agrees with Dr Naresh Trehan, who
shared the dias with him, that the health care sector was in a
mess, Trivedi said, "I agree with him...there is mess and it
is getting deeper and bigger in size. It is even more
alarming."

"Health Ministry cannot be treated like any other
ministry. This is an emergency ministry. The present system
cannot deliver," he said.

The minister added that everybody - whether it was
ministers or officials - should be accountable. "The system
needs a jolt", he said.

Trivedi had earlier targetted Health Secretary Sujatha
Rao saying that she had put a spanner in his pet project of a
national health portal.

Following this, the ministry had formed a committee to
analyse the project further.

PTI