Private hospitals in Kolkata see favourable climate for investment – Times of India

Kolkata News
KOLKATA: Private hospitals in Kolkata foresee a growth in the healthcare sector in Bengal, partially triggered by Covid, health schemes and a conducive environment that have made the facilities more accessible, prompting several of them to pledge investments worth a total of Rs 4,500 crore at the Bengal Global Business Summit on Thursday. With the pandemic still not over and the possibility of a sudden rise in demand for beds looming, nine hospitals plan expansion and new units that may generate 10,000 jobs.
It could lead to an addition of more than 4,000 beds-both Appollo and Narayana Hospitals have announced an addition of 1,000 beds each-that would be useful during a sudden spurt in demand for beds, said experts.

Narayana Hospitals have announced a 1,000-bed superspecialty hospital. “Robotics and organ transplants, like that of liver, lungs and heart, will be carried out. With a large facility, we can afford new technology and a research institute. There are plans for a postgraduate institute, where research will take place. This will help attract doctors from anywhere in the country,” said Narayana Hospitaks zonal head R Venkatesh. He added the prospect for healthcare in the state looked good and that “prompted the decision”.
Appollo Gleneagles has also submitted a letter of intent for a Rs 1,000 crore investment to add 1,000 beds in Kolkata.
Medica Superspecialty Hospital plans to invest Rs 400 crore on expansion of its existing units at Kolkata and Siliguri in the current financial year. It includes a 200-bed oncology unit in Kolkata. “That apart, we plan to expand our multispecialty and cancer hospitals in Siliguri,” said co-founder and joint managing director Ayanabh Debgupta. He added that while the eastern region had always had fewer beds, the demand for private hospital treatment had shot up due to schemes, subsidizing treatment cost. “We see this growth in demand continuing,” he said.
Belle Vue Clinic believes this is the right time for investment as the healthcare environment in the state had changed for the better. It has submitted a letter of intent for a 400-bed hospital in Rajarhat for Rs 400 crore, construction of which will begin later this year. “With new treatment and technology coming in, alongside new diseases, healthcare has started growing in Bengal. Now, we have more and better medical personnel available, finance is easily available and ease of business has increased. With Covid gradually receding, we will see more investments and new players coming in,” said Belle Vur CEO P Tondon.
“The investment and enthusiasm in healthcare now is indicative of the overall recovery from the Covid-induced slump,” said Woodlands Hospital CEO Rupali Basu. It has proposed a Rs 300-crore expansion plan, which will see an addition of 100 beds. A cancer care facility with advanced radiotherapy and increased OPD clinical areas are part of it. The expansion would generate 400 new jobs, said Basu.