The Uttar Pradesh government will set up around 500 diagnostic centre, across the state, under the public-private partnership (PPP) model, to ensure timely health services, Sidharth Nath Singh, former state health minister of the state said last week.

Singh, who holds the MSME & NRI investment promotion portfolio, said the state will ensure Universal Health Care for its people by 2021 as per its commitment.

“Encouraging responses have already followed to set up the proposed diagnostic centres from leading hospitals in the private sector and a well established system is in place to implement setting up of the centres," Singh said. “These centres are basically aimed at providing necessary and essential health services to the people of the state, with an effective pricing mechanism in place in which the weaker and vulnerable would obtain health services with virtually no discrimination."

The minister also said the government has been adding more ambulances to its existing fleet. The state will also set up 13 more medical colleges so that there are adequate doctors looking at health services, he said.

On the investment climate in the state, Singh said with the new government in place and conducive investment policies being framed, inflow of investment to set up industries will pick up.

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