The Indian Railways is planning to establish medical colleges to offer Post Graduate courses for doctors at 10 of its existing hospitals across India.
“We are thinking of opening up medical colleges. The process is in a very nascent stage right now,” a senior Railways official said, adding that the national transporter has already identified 10 hospitals with 300 or more beds across India, where there courses will be taught.
The official said that the proposal has been cleared by the Railway Board and now, the Railways is in the process of getting permissions from the Medical Council of India (MCI).
“We are in discussions with the Medical Council of India as well as the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare… after getting approvals, we will figure out details on investments and the number of students, and form a road map as per their guidelines and processes,” the official said.
Additionally, the Railways will also sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will local colleges and universities.
Currently, a total of 125 Railways hospitals, with a capacity of about 40,000 beds, offer primary, secondary as well as tertiary healthcare services to about 65 lakh beneficiaries. These include current Railways employees, retired employees, and their families. These hospitals employ about 2,500 doctors and 40,000 paramedical staff.
The shortlisted hospitals include nine Central hospitals and one Divisional hospital, including the Northern Railways Central Hospitals, Eastern Railways Central Hospitals, Southern Railways Central Hospitals, North Eastern Railways Hospital, Western Railways Central Hospitals, and the Kharagpur Divisional Hospital.
The Railways official said that, to start with, the plan is to offer only Post Graduate courses for doctors. “We already teach over 250 students for Diplomate National Board Course in seven Central hospitals. These hospitals are part of the ten selected hospitals. We now plan to add PG (Post Graduate) facilities like a General MD (Doctor of Medicine),” the official added.
Earlier, the government-owned Coal India had proposed to establish medical as well as engineering colleges in mining areas. However, no progress was made on the proposal.
Source: The Hindu