For releasing additional funds to the government medical colleges in the state for the maintenance of attached hospitals, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday sent orders to the departments concerned.
The decision to send orders to the departments of health and medical education and research came in his meeting with Tata Memorial Centre (TMC) director Dr Rajendra A Badwe, who had called on the CM.
Concerned that the government medical institutions might losing their glory because of poor maintenance, Dr Badwe suggested giving a free hand to the administrations of these institutions in how they use the money.
The doctor also updated the CM on the status of the cancer hospital project at Sangrur, and told him about 60% of the construction was complete. The equipment would be installed by the end of September and operational by December, he assured Badal.
On the request of Dr Badwe, the CM agreed to sign a deal with the TMC on the running of the Sangrur centre. Regarding the upcoming `450-crore Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (HBCHRC) at Mullanpur, Dr Badwe told him that after the tendering process was over, the construction would take 28 months.
Badal said that the state government was determined to eliminate cancer and ensures world-class treatment and diagnostic facilities to the patients. He also assured the TMC director that his government would have requisite accommodation ready for the medical teams that will work at Sangrur and Mullanpur.