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Mamata promises to overhaul govt healthcare system in one year

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 23:13

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister
Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said her government has taken a one-year
programme to overhaul the healthcare system in the state which
is currently in a "pitiable condition".

"I have taken a one-year programme to overhaul the
system which is in a pitiable condition," Banerjee, who also
holds the health portfolio, told reporters here.

"Four new super-speciality hospitals will be set up by
a central organisation in Purulia, Bankura, West Midnapore and
Birbhum districts," she said, adding that the state would
provide land. One neuro speciality hospital would also be set
up near Rajarhat here on a 20-acre land.

Banerjee said creating a proper health infrastructure
in the state was the government`s priority. Short, mid and
long term programmes spanning over five years were being taken
for the purpose.

She said that the Calcutta Medical College, which now
has 1200 beds, would add 700 more in one year. Of these, 300
beds would be added very soon.

She also said that the Mayo Hospital in the city would
be converted for exclusive orthopaedic treatment.

Banerjee said while new district hospitals would be
set up to help people get treatment locally, facilities at
primary health centres would also be augmented.

Several modern diagnostic centres would also be set up
in different parts of the state, she said.


First Published: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 23:13

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