Trainer Lorenzo Robinson had the unique distinction of winning races in separate countries yesterday. MR DOITBETTA romping home by 13 lengths in the inaugural running of the Simply Magic Cup over 1820 metres at Caymanas Park and a 70-1 outsider to victory at Woodbine racetrack in Toronto, Canada earlier in the day. Robinson, a noted owner, trainer and breeder, was not present at Caymanas Park to see his fast-improving 3-y-o gelding, MR DOITBETTA (9-2), make hacks of his seven age-group rivals in the Simply Magic Cup to make it two in a row, but the news was music to his ears. Instead, Robinson was at Woodbine to lead in his other winner, having obtained a licence to train at Canada’s premier racetrack a fortnight ago, Speaking from Canada via telephone shortly after his double victory, Robinson said he was on top of the world. “Judging from the manner of his two recent wins, MR DOITBETTA, who, I understand, won in good time of 1:57.2, could develop into a live classic contender with the Derby, St. Leger and next month’s Lotto Clasic (Governor’s Cup) fast approaching. “The plan is to commute between Jamaica and Canada and, having started with a bang in Canada, it could open doors for me in no time up here,” he added. Ridden by the promising claiming apprentice Hakeen Pottinger, MR DOITBETTA was held off the early pace as the 7-5 favourite MY WAY led under pressure from ANOTHER FURY (5-1) approaching the final bend. By then, MR DOITBETTA had made rapid headway and, coming three wide into the straight, quickly disposed of MY WAY to win by a wide margin from 2-1 chance DR TRAIN. In the absence of Robinson, MR DOITBETTA was saddled by stand in trainer Lincoln Lungs. A roan gelding by Vibank out of Olympic Advice, “DOITBETTA” is owned and bred by Robinson as well. On a day when second-race winner, 3-2 favourite BARS OF GOLD was disqualified by the stewards for causing interference at the start, the nine-race programme proved challenging for punters. The upsets were provided by MIRACLE RECOVERY (made all) at 19-1 in the first race, KIRI at 7-1 in the third and TARANTINO at 9-2 in the fifth. Champion jockey Shane Ellis rode two winners in BAD BOY JUSTIN (3-1) and SURE MAN (5-2) in the sixth and seventh races, respectively.
Kolkata: The members of Salimpur II Gram Panchayat in Hooghly who had joined the BJP returned to the Trinamool Congress.Senior party leader Firhad Hakim welcomed them back to the party at a function in Kolkata on Friday afternoon. Around 20 party leaders including Sanjit Adhikari (Pradhan of Salimpur II Gram Panchayat), Jhuma Karak (Upa Pradhan), Rama Chakraborty, Sumanta Ghosh, Sutapa Kushari and Nandita Samanta all members of the GP rejoined the Trinamool. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt may be recalled that the members of Krishnapur and Rammohanpur Gram Panchayats who had earler joined the BJP came back to Trinamool Congress on Wednesday. Hakim said after the result of the Lok Sabha election was declared, BJP had unleashed a Reign of Terror in vast areas of Arambag and Khanakul in Hooghly taking advantage of the situation. As the law and order was under the control of the Election Commission of India (ECI) till May 28, the state government could not do anything. These Trinamool leaders were taken to Delhi and forced to join the saffron party at gunpoint. But soon they realised their mistake and got in touch with Trinamool officials. “Trinamool Congress is in the heart of these workers and they can never work under BJP leaders,” Hakim said and added: “No party can function by terrorizing their workers. The workers can work if they are respected and loved by the party leaders.”
Exactly one year ago, the government of India announced the arrival of the landmark Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojna (PM-JAY), or Ayushman Bharat, as it has come to be known. The plan was to provide free healthcare to the most economically poor 50 crore Indians, who otherwise would have no access to quality care. The idea was simple and to be executed in two phases. The first, ‘wellness’ part aims to keep these 500 million out of the hospitals by starting 1.5 lakh wellness centres where basic healthcare is provided using advanced technologies like telemedicine, and preventive care in the true sense is promoted through the practice of Yoga and naturopathy. The second, ‘curative’, part dealt with providing insurance coverage of Rs 5 lakh for in-patient care at both public and private hospitals. Ayushman Bharat is India’s move towards universal health coverage – where no patient is denied care for lack of money, and completion of its first year is a proud moment for everyone in the healthcare industry. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyThen came the execution and as was expected, there were challenges. Much has been written, discussed and debated about the complexity of the challenges facing Ayushman Bharat – from prices offered being lower than the cost to perform the procedure, to insurance fraud, to states not accepting Ayushman Bharat. On the other hand, a patient, who previously did not have any access to healthcare, is receiving care every nine minutes, the top ten states providing Ayushman Bharat have catered to about 40 lakh patients. As is not surprising, with India’s growing burden of cardiac disease, the three top procedures by amount spent by the government are single coronary stenting, cardiac bypass surgery and double coronary stenting, on which the government has spent about Rs 340 crores. In all, close to 45 lakh patients got treated at a total cost of Rs 7,500 crores – an average of about Rs 17,000 per patient. Also Read – The future is here!Despite widespread reservations about low prices, of the more than 18,000 hospitals empanelled, more than half are private hospitals, and about 62 per cent of treatments have happened at private hospitals. While initially sceptical, I now realise that it is time for private hospitals to own up to this challenge and attempt to operate at the price point suggested by the government, which is open to dialogue and discussion given its dynamic leadership. Maybe it is time to envision ‘Ayushman Hospitals’ – a chain of 100-250 bed no-frills hospitals, built ground up, supported by the government, having specific specialities and services, to cater exclusively to patients from Ayushman Bharat. A hospital that does not rely on cross-subsidisation but instead is built with the vision of being a hospital of the masses. One which leverages top-end technology like machine learning, telecommunications, virtual and augmented reality and internet of things to bring down costs and still provide adequate quality healthcare to its patients. The government, including Prime Minister Modi, are aware of the demand-supply gap that exists between the patients that need care and the hospitals that provide care. The creation of a viable business model around Ayushman Bharat will not only encourage Indian entrepreneurs to invest in healthcare but will also drive foreign investment into the sector. I believe that rational engagement and conversation with the government can make this a reality, but the responsibility of engagement lies with the private sector. Both, providers of care, across the continuum, and producers of technology and healthcare products, need to come together to accept this challenge of translating this vision of universal health coverage into reality. (The author is Founder & Chief Radiologist, Mahajan Imaging, Padma Shri Awardee and Former President of the Indian Radiological & Imaging Association. The views expressed are strictly personal)