The central government is eagerly awaiting a decision from the Andhra Pradesh administration regarding the transfer of management for Employee State Insurance (ESI) hospitals to the Employee State Insurance Corporation (ESIC). This move aims to enhance medical services for ESI beneficiaries in the state.
As per information provided by Union Minister Rameswar Teli in response to BJP Rajya Sabha member G.V.L. Narasimha Rao’s inquiry, currently, Andhra Pradesh operates four ESI hospitals located in Visakhapatnam, Tirupati, Rajamahendravaram, and Vijayawada. These hospitals are currently managed by the state government.
On January 2, 2023, the central government officially requested the Andhra Pradesh government to transfer the administration of these hospitals to ESIC. The goal behind this proposal is to ensure better and more efficient medical services for people covered under ESI in the unorganized sector.
However, despite the formal request, the state government has not yet responded to the central government’s proposal. Minister Rameswar Teli mentioned that in Visakhapatnam, there is currently a 200-bed ESI hospital operating. Additionally, a larger 400-bed hospital is under construction in Sheelanagar, along with a 30-bed facility in Atchutapuram. Both these projects are being handled by the Central Public Works Department (CPWD).
Expressing concern over the quality of medical services in these ESI hospitals, BJP MP Narasimha Rao urged the state government to promptly agree to the central government’s proposal for transferring the management of these hospitals to ESIC.
Narasimha Rao believes that this change will greatly benefit insured individuals from the unorganized sector, providing them with better access to quality healthcare services.
The decision from the Andhra Pradesh administration is awaited eagerly, as it holds the potential to significantly enhance healthcare provisions for ESI beneficiaries in the state.