Mamata promises to overhaul govt healthcare system in one year
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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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