Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday said the Punjab government would spend Rs 150 crore to upgrade Rajindra Medical College and Hospital to a state-of-the-art medical institution in the next two years.
The government will overhaul the existing equipment and infrastructure of the hospital and develop it as an advanced diagnostic centre and superspeciality hospital.
Badal made the announcement while inaugurating a cancer treatment centre at the hospital on Saturday. The centre is equipped with a simulator that costs Rs 3 crore for cancer treatment and a mammography machine costing Rs 28 lakh for early detection of breast cancer in women.
Badal along with the medical education and research minister Bhagat Chunni Lal reviewed the functioning of the institution and visited different sections of the hospital to enquire whether patients and staff were facing problems.
Expressing concern with the poor state of health services, Badal said the hospital management would get more powers to spend the NRI student admission charges and user charges entirely for its development.
He directed officials of the medical education department to prepare a comprehensive plan for the overall development of the institution.
The chief minister also approved the setting up of two committees - hospital affairs committee and academic affairs committee - for the smooth functioning of the institute and authorise them to take any decision to grant approval for any donation-based project for the hospital.
Badal reiterated the commitment of the SAD-BJP government to continue improving the health care infrastructure, especially in government hospitals, to provide world-class facilities in urban as well as rural areas. He asked the medical fraternity to work with dedication to provide the best facilities to citizens, especially the poor.