'Districts to get hospitals with medical education facility'

Medical Education Minister Dr Sharanaparakash Rudrappa Patil said the government has plans to set up medical education-based hospitals in all districts.

He was speaking after inaugurating the pre-conference workshop of ‘Physiocon 2017’ organised by the School Of Allied Health Sciences (SOAHS), Manipal University. Dr Patil said that the government has set up six medical colleges in state, another six are underway.

“Teaching hospitals are set up in Kalaburgi, Koppal, Gadag, Chamarajnagar, Kodagu and Uttara Kannada. There is a sea change in patient inflow statistics before and after establishing the medical college. The next six would be set up in Bagalkot, Haveri, Chitradurga, Tumakuru, Yadgir and Chikkaballapur. Super speciality hospitals are also considered in the government sector. The existing teaching hospitals have 150 seats each while a proposal is being considered to raise the number of seats to 150 in the already functioning medical colleges from 100,” he said.

The Bowring Hospital, Bengaluru, is converted into medical college. A state-of-the-art trauma centre in Victoria Hospital has also been set up. Excellent health care services are offered to the poor similar to that of corporate hospitals. Sixteen medical colleges are functioning in the state. He said the demand in Udupi is being considered. Funds of Rs 300-400 crore are required to set up one medical college.
 Defending the proposal of handing over the Udupi maternity and children hospital to BRS Ventures, he said it is difficult to mobilise super speciality doctors. “If there are no super speciality doctors, there is a need to work on the PPP model. The cost should be reasonable to the poor. The government has no problem if someone comes forward to run a hospital free of cost,” Dr Patil explained.

The minister said a branch of the Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology has been set up in Kalaburgi and is running excellent. “In Mysuru, a new hospital has been constructed. A plan is chalked out to set up another branch in KIMS in Hubbali. Besides, a branch of the Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology has been set up in Kalaburgi and will be inaugurated in shortly. A tertiary cancer care centre has been set up in Mandya with the help of central government aid. The Kidwai Cancer Hospital is upgraded by spending Rs 120 crore. Two super speciality hospitals were designed under the UPA government, one in Hubballi and another in Ballari. Two trauma centres, one in Kalaburgi and another in Mysuru, are set up. The quality health care services are offered to the people in far-off places from the capital,” he listed out.

Dr Patil said the merit quota is increased to 52 percent in MBBS seats. In 2018-19, the post graduate seats will be doubled, which is approved by the MCI. He said in order to provide more seats in merit quota and to give an opportunity to the meritorious students with poor background to be doctors, the government supports and considers at least one hospital in each district where a person can walk in and get the best of the facilities free of cost.

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