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NA discusses autonomy of JDWNR hospital

Feb 7 2014

JDWNRH-AutonomyHow will the National Referral Hospital in Thimphu be managed if it is granted autonomy? This was the question to the Health Minister, Tandin Wangchuk, was asked during the Question Time in the National Assembly.

The Boomdeling-Jamkhar MP Dupthob said the Prime Minister, while addressing the State of the Nation Report last year had mentioned about the plan to make Thimphu National Referral Hospital autonomous. If this is to happen, questioned the MP, how will health professionals manage the hospital?

He said providing basic health care to every citizen of the country is enshrined in the Constitution. “I am worried whether this purpose will be well served if the hospital becomes autonomous.”

MP Dupthob also questioned the Minister on how the financial support will be provided to the hospital.

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Lyonpo Tandin Wangchuk said the Ministry has studied the advantages of giving autonomy to the hospital. He said experts were invited from the World Health Organization for recommendations.

Panbang MP, Dorji Wangdi, also said a time may come when the people will have to pay to avail health services if the autonomy of the hospital comes through.

The Health Minister assured that such a time will never come and that people will continue to enjoy free health services even the hospital becomes autonomous.

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3 comments on “NA discusses autonomy of JDWNR hospital

  1. Denstist on said:

    This Jamkhar MO Dupthob; and the Panbang MP Dorji Wangchuk being served in govt services and on national legislative body should know that granting Autonomy is not taking away the basic health services from people. Rather it can be seen as improving the services provided currently and providing with better time and quality healthcare.

    This autonomy-movement will not only improve the services; but will also bring in the focus we had for reaching Bhutan as destination for healthcare benefits from other countries; Like Singapore for instance.

  2. Oopppsssssssss!!!!!
    Think over it la!!!
    Our country is only a SIX years old democracy la…
    So is it the proper time to turn our hospital into autonomous, when our professionals were not matured enough to tackle those simple things la.

  3. Time will come one day when you have to pay from your own pocket for your health checkup. That time only they will realise la.
    So better not to turn into autonomous.

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