Bhubaneswar: The Health and Family Welfare Minister Prasanna Acharya on Saturday announced in the State Assembly that decision was taken to convert the three Government Medical College Hospitals with the status of autonomous medical institutes. He also said the state government to approach to Medical Council of India (MCI) to increase 100 seats each colleges.
Replying to the discussion on the Demand for Grants relating to the Health and Family Welfare Department for the 2011-12 fiscal, the Minister said that in the first phase the VSS Medical College and Hospital at Burla would be given the autonomous status during the next financial year.
Stating that a bill would be introduced in the State Assembly during the next session in this regard after the Cabinet nod , he said that the draft bill is under preparation. He said extension of the autonomous to the two other medical college hospitals at Cuttack and Berhampur would be taken up in the second phase.
The Health Minister also announced that instead of opening new medical colleges In Government sector, the State Government had decided to strengthen the existing three medical colleges by expanding the seats. Since the Union Health Ministry has decided to created 20,000 seats in medical colleges to cater to the need of doctors, the State Government would give a proposal to the Medical Council of India (MCI) to increase 100 seats each in the three Government Medical Colleges in the State.
He also said that the state government would explore the possibility of establishing Medical Colleges and Hospitals in Public –Private- Partnership (PPP) mode.
Admitting that there has been large scale vacancy in the post of doctors for in public hospitals , he assured the house that efforts were on to fill up the vacancies by engaging doctors on contracts.
After the reply and clarification by the Minister , the demand for grants relating the Health and Family Welfare Department amounting to `1451.59 crore was passed in voice vote.