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Govt to set up 58 new medical colleges by upgrading existing district hospitals

New Delhi: The central government on Thursday approved a proposal for the establishment of 58 new medical colleges by upgradation of existing district hospitals in deficient states with intake capacity of 100 MBBS seats in each medical college.

“The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the proposal of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare relating to the Centrally sponsored scheme for establishment of new medical colleges attached with existing district/referral hospitals,” according to an official statement.

“The approval is for establishment of 58 new medical colleges by upgradation of existing district hospitals in deficient states with intake capacity of 100 MBBS seats in each medical college. This will result in an increase of about 5800 seats,” the statement said.

“The central assistance share will be of Rs 8457.40 crore and State/UT share of Rs 2513.70 crore. The funding pattern will be 90:10 by Central and State Governments respectively for North Eastern States and special category States and in the ratio of 75:25 for other States. The total cost of establishment of the one medical college is approximately about Rs 189 crore. The distance between the district/referral hospital and the medical college shall be within 10 kms and on two pieces of land,” the statement added.

List of identified districts under the scheme for “Establishment of new Medical Colleges attached with district/referral hospitals”

S.No.

State/UT

No. of District/Referral Hospitals

Name of the Districts

1

Assam

4

Nagaon
North Lakhimpur
Karbi Anglong at Diphu
Dubri

2

Bihar

3

Samastipur*
Saran (Chhapara)
Purnia

3

Chhattisgarh

2

Rajnandgaon
Sarguja

4

Haryana

1

Bhiwani

5

Himachal Pradesh

3

Chamba
Nahan (Sirmour)
Hamirpur

6

Jharkhand

3

Dumka
Palamu
Hazaribagh

7

Jammu & Kashmir

5

Anatnag
Doda
Baramullh
Kathua
Rajauri

8

Madhya Pradesh

7

Chindwara
Ratlam
Shivpuri
Shahdol
Vidisha
Datia
Khandwa

 

9

Maharashtra

1

Gondia

10

Odisha

5

Balesore
Bolangir
Koraput
Baripada (Mayurbhanj)
Puri

11

Punjab

1

SAS Nagar

12

Rajasthan

7

Bharatpur
Dungapur
Barmer
Alwar
Churu
Bhilwara
Pali

13

West Bengal

5

Birbhum (Rampur Hat)
Coochbihar
Purulia
Uttar Dinajpur (Distt. Hosp. Raiganj)
South 24 Paraganas

14

Uttar Pradesh

5

Faizabad
Bahraich
Basti
Firozabad
Shahjehanpur

15

Uttarakhand

1

Almora

16

Arunachal Pradesh

1

Papun Pare General Hosp. , Naharlagun, Itanagar

17

Meghalaya

1

West Garo Hills, Tura

18

Mizoram

1

Referral Hospital at Falkwan

19

Nagaland

1

Kohima (Naga Hospital)

20

Andaman & Nicobar Islands

1

Port Blair

58

* Subject to the availability of 200 beds

 

7 Comments

  1. Dr K K Arora Dr K K Arora Wednesday, February 5, 2014

    I think it is an excellent move and at least a beginning has been. Simultaneously some moves need to be planned to retain the ‘talent’ within the country to counter the ever present deficiency of medical man power especially in Rurals. Now I understand 1 year extra service in Rural will be required as eligibility to pursue PG Courses. I think this should be taken care after increase in medical manpower output through District Med Colleges, but at the same time I suggest a relook into ‘extra one year’ requirement for PG courses. Compared to any other field, doctors remain at receiving end. Firstly medical education is highly competitive, very costly, lot of hard work at the cost of your health and social life is required. Then comes duration of courses again with same factors playing. Compare this with other services- to become an IAS one needs 3 year graduation, Engineers need only 4 year degree to get raise in Ranks and salary, Law graduates can do PG (LLM) in just 1 year!! and they get all the benefits and in job they can go to any heights. A doctor struggles to get into higher brackets in job and salary. In other words a doctor toils not for his comforts but for providing respectable and comfortable life to his/her family and relatives. And faces flack from Society, various Acts and Rules like CPA, Ethics, Organ Transplantation act and slightest mistake is taken as negligence and s/he is penalized right royally. I suggest we must look into drawbacks and all those actively involved in medical education and education planners must bear in mind career angle in comparison to other available careers.
    Dr K K Arora

  2. Patriot Patriot Thursday, January 9, 2014

    At least these big-wigs admitted, by their action, that medicine has been grossly neglected by successive governments. Hope they don’t cry political conspiracy if we say that the pompous and sanctimonious political class of this country has failed miserably when it comes to medicine and medical education. These people haven’t cared if people lived or died. They were very liberal when it came to private engineering colleges, that now run empty classrooms. But medical education was nobody’s headache. Just blame it all on the doctors and wash your hands off.

  3. V P Bansal V P Bansal Monday, January 6, 2014

    It is never too late. The decision by the Health Ministry to add 58 more medical colleges should be appreciated. I hope this would be taken up seriously by the new government after Lok Sabha elections.

  4. anil kumar poddar anil kumar poddar Sunday, January 5, 2014

    It’s a lollypop by govt. to lure people before upcoming elections, i feel elections should be more frequent, at least public at large will get some attention by these politicians.Especially govt. is scared of kejariwal and want to do it before he wins the election and does the same.A good and strong opposition is a must for democracy, and this is the example.Real democracy meaning is seen now,
    God help Kejriwal.

  5. Gimmic Gimmic Saturday, January 4, 2014

    Respected Sir,

    We would all be grateful to the minister, if he delivers in his promise. I hope it doesn’t get bogged down in red-tape and centre-state tussles. We saw how commendable actions by the same minister under NEET were reversed due to problems stated. If 58 new colleges actually come up, it is nothing short of a major miracle for the healthcare of this country, and the minister would be fondly remembered in history for having done it.

    It is the timing that seems to be suspect. Of course, I may have spoken too soon. I blame it on the pervasive disillusionment in this country, that has affected me as well. And for the record, I am not political, but do hold strong views for and against all political parties.

    Hoping for the best,

    Regards.

  6. Prof.Manoj Sharma Prof.Manoj Sharma Saturday, January 4, 2014

    Thank God, a good beginning has been made.
    Please go through my comments of the iea of last three years even though the idea was mooted for last 10 years or so. EVen I have countered it when dr. Devi Shetty too expressed his similar view, late even though.

    For the kind information of Gimmicker this is not a last minute populist move. There has been lot of discussion and review on this issue ever since communications have been received by MOH&FW. EVen written suggestions were sent.
    Gimmicker should also know that the Ministry has a cell that keeps close vigil on people’s comment and opinion and then it gives a serious thinking for the feasibility.
    This was being stated by the minister almost a year back. so this is no last moment populist move.
    Change your glasses and choose right one to view it from national requirement point of view .

    It was during this minister’s regimen that a review of what man power is required in terms of doctors nurses and technicians for this country was done, no in any other minister’s tenure …. for your kind information if you are not supporter of political party that condemns every move because it wants to come to power…..they did it for Delhi too not giving a chance to AAP.

    I could have accepted if there was a genuine concern as to where will the faculty come for these new borne medical colleges. The aspirant/ applicant list of advertisement for AIIMS like institutions will help a great deal to recruit faculty for these medical colleges.

    Incentives in terms of additional remunerations for thee cities and other residential facilities , schooling facilities for children and appointment of qualified doctor spouse in the same institution will help solve this problem. Recruitment from existing state or neighbouring state medical colleges too will help solve the problem of faculty.

    The Gimmicker must understand that this decision of the Minister will have immediate impact in terms of reduction of migratory patient population in bigger metros and famous medical colleges.

  7. Gimmic Gimmic Friday, January 3, 2014

    What a gimmic? A lame duck lame government trying hard to fool the people by turning populist at the last minute. #Epic fail.

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