Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday gave approval in principle to set up a 300-bed medical college and hospital at Gurgaon, raising hopes of people to get high-end medical facilities. The capacity will later be upgraded to 500 beds, said a spokesperson.
There has been a long-standing demand from the area residents who have to travel either to Safdarjung or AIIMS in New Delhi as they can’t afford medical facilities at private hospitals.
Khattar announced in Chandigarh that initially the college would be set up with 100 MBBS seats but a provision would be made to increase the number of seats to 200, said the spokesperson.
In addition the college would have a dental college with 100 BDS seats and provision of MD or MS and MDS courses in the future, the spokesperson said.
The government has announced to provide medical colleges in all districts. Foundation stones of government medical college and hospitals in Bhiwani and Jind have been laid and the proposal for one college in Panchakula is underway, said Anil Vij, state health minister.
“We need more doctors for which more medical colleges are needed,” he said. Private medical colleges in Kurukshetra and Sirsa each are also being planned, Vij said.
At present, Gurgaon has two government hospitals – civil hospital at civil lines and one at sector 10. The Civil hospital remains crowded and the infrastructure is insufficient to cater to the rush.
Khattar had in May announced that the state government had made provision of Rs 3,916.94 crore for health and family welfare in 2016-17 that was 37% more than the budget allocated in 2015-16.
Vij said location for setting up the college would be earmarked soon.