Mumbai: Tata Memorial Centre, the country’s leading cancer treatment and research institution under the Department of Atomic Energy, will set up four cancer hospitals in Chandigarh, Guwahati, Visakhapatnam and Varanasi, each of which will have 250 beds.
These new hospitals are expected to be the “four replica Tata Memorial hospitals” and help reduce patient load and wait time at the Mumbai-based hospital.
The department of atomic energy, whose functioning is overseen directly by the prime minister’s office, has sanctioned a total of Rs 2,000 crore for the new hospitals, reports Mumbai Mirror.
“I am happy that the government, after seeing the situation at our hospital in Parel, has sanctioned a budget to start four new cancer hospitals,” said Dr Rajendra Badwe, director of Tata Memorial Centre. “The work has already begun and the hospitals should be operational by the end of 2019.”
The Parel hospital, which has 700 beds, treats around 67,000 new cancer patients from across the country every year and also attends to 4.5 lakh follow-up cases annually. The hospital provides free or highly subsidised treatment in over 60 per cent of the cases.