Govt plan to upgrade 24 hospitals to medical colleges gets cabinet nod
The project will ensure an additional 10,000 MBBS and 8,058 post-graduation seats at an estimated cost of Rs 14,930 crore. It is part of a government programme to set up 58 medical colleges across the country.india Updated: Feb 07, 2018 22:04 IST
In a move to boost medical education and healthcare in India, the cabinet approved the upgradation of 24 existing district and referral hospitals to medical colleges on Wednesday.
The project, which constitutes the second phase of a government programme to set up 58 medical colleges across the country, will ensure an additional 10,000 MBBS and 8,058 post-graduation seats at an estimated cost of Rs 14,930 crore.
“We will set up 24 new government medical colleges and hospitals by upgrading existing district hospitals in the country. This will ensure at least one medical college for every three parliamentary constituencies and at least one government medical college in each state,” finance minister Arun Jaitley had said in his budget speech on February 1.
The cabinet also approved the establishment of 112 schools to train auxiliary nurse midwives and 136 schools to train general nursing midwives in under-served districts of the country. The move will increase the availability of healthcare professionals and improve the geographical distribution of medical colleges while utilising existing infrastructure to improve tertiary care in the government sector.
“I am heartily thankful to Prime Minister Shri @narendramodiji & members of Union Cabinet for the #CabinetDecision today to boost health and medical education in India through human resources. A visionary step towards #AyushmanBharat,” tweeted Union health minister JP Nadda after the cabinet approval came through.