The oncology wing of Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH) has made a representation to the Directorate of Medical Education (DME) to set up the proposed Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) in the vicinity of GRH instead of housing it on the Government Hospital campus in far away Balarengapuram.

A staff at the Balarengapuram hospital said their facility would not be able to provide support services in the areas of cardiology, X-ray and ECG. “The proposal has no clue as to the staffing pattern for the cancer centre. Moreover, patients from other districts will find it difficult to reach Balarengapuram since it is located away from main roads with no bus or even share autorickshaw connectivity. During emergencies, doctors from GRH will have to rush to Balarengapuram which might lead to a delay in giving medical care to the patients,” the staff said.

“Even as the newly started Trauma Care Centre (TCC) is facing a lot of teething troubles despite its proximity to the GRH, the proposed RCC will suffer the same fate,” the staff added. Currently the GRH has two wards dedicated to cancer patients. The State government allocated Rs. 15 crore to establish the RCC last year. Though it sanctioned Rs.3 crore for construction of new buildings at Balarengapuram, the Public Works Department has not started the work.

GRH authorities said an alternative site for establishing the cancer centre had been suggested to the Directorate of Medical Education. When contacted, S. Geethalakshmi, Director of Medical Education, Chennai, told The Hindu that the proposal would be studied at the earliest.

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