GIS - 12 November, 2013: Government spending on health development as outlined in the 2014 budget aims to ensure that the population gets the best treatment through the recruitment of additional specialist doctors, provision of state-of-the-art facilities and the boosting of primary health care at the different hospitals. The Health budget has been increased to Rs 9.2 billion.
The budget comprises several measures to build a modern, inclusive and caring society. In this context, a new scheme will be introduced whereby well trained family doctors will be posted in Area Health Centres. An initial cohort of 40 doctors will be trained at the Université de Bordeaux and London University, among others, to specialise in primary health care.
Furthermore, the budget lays emphasis on two major killer diseases, diabetes and cancer. To reduce the prevalence of diabetes among the population, a comprehensive and coordinated approach will be adopted, namely the setting up of a National Diabetes Register and a National Diabetes Management System to improve follow-up care and treatment; a National Diabetic Retinopathy Grading Centre; and a structured Diabetic Foot Care Service. In addition to the launch of a national campaign on prevention of diabetes, four diabetologists will also be recruited.
As regards cancer, a National Cancer Agency is being set up under the Trust Fund for Specialised Medical Care. The emphasis will be on early detection, diagnosis and up-to-date information relating to treatment protocols available.
The grant for Overseas Treatment scheme has been raised from Rs 500 000 to Rs 800 000 for complicated treatments abroad. A sum of Rs 50 million will thus be made available for the Overseas Treatment Scheme for 2014.
Other measures include:
- provision of Rs 566 million at Victoria Hospital to accommodate six state-of-the-art Operating theatres and four new wards with a bed capacity of 120;
- construction of three mediclinics at Goodlands, Stanley and Floréal;
- provision of Rs 11 million for two Community Health Centres at Baie du Tombeau and Phoenix and an Area Health Centre at Bambous;
- recruitment of 33 specialists to implement a round-the-clock service in all regional hospitals; 36 doctors to service the shift system in the Accident and Emergency Units; 300 student nurses; and 400 attendants and health care assistants.
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