New health policy: All stakeholders to be involved on, says Nadda

Government will involve all stakeholders, including doctors, before bringing in the new health policy, for which exhaustive consultations are underway, Health Minister JP Nadda said on Saturday.

PTI| Updated: Dec 20, 2014, 22:00 PM IST

New Delhi: Government will involve all stakeholders, including doctors, before bringing in the new health policy, for which exhaustive consultations are underway, Health Minister JP Nadda said on Saturday.

Addressing doctors at a function at the BJP headquarters here, Nadda said government is committed to bringing early a new health policy while fulfilling the promise made in the party's manifesto.

Nadda, who is also BJP general secretary, said after working out on various areas of the new policy, the same would be put in public domain for eliciting the views of public and their inclusion before finalising the policy.

With the consultation process having started, Nadda sought support of doctors in formulating such a policy that helps bring relief to people on their medical needs.

"As per the manifesto, we will soon bring a new health policy, work for which has started. The process of discussion has started and a Steering Committee has also been formed for putting in place its areas. They will later be put in public domain for seeking the views of public," he said at a function organised by Bihar Doctors Forum.

The consultation process for the new policy, he said, will be "complete and exhaustive" and all stakeholders will be involved, including doctors through formal and informal discussions.

"No policy can be formulated without stakeholders," he said, adding that the views of all will be sought before finalising such a policy.

Nadda said the Narendra Modi government has come to deliver and so needs to formulate such a policy soon.

"We would like to do it soon because we have to give the results also," he said.

The Minister said the government's priority is to provide good medical facilities for all and for improving health infrastructure in the country, including in rural areas.

"This government is different. It is a pro-people and proactive government and believes in delivery. This government is transparent and accountable. It is a responsive government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"People have come to power with the promise of delivery and people are also bringing such people to power who can deliver. Modiji has brought this difference," he said.

He earlier asked doctors to support the party and help in delivery to the common man for the sake of humanity. He also asked them to adopt a holistic approach while dealing with diseases that includes adoption of other means of medicine besides allopathy.