Medical Education Minister P. Sudarshan Reddy exhorted the doctors at Government General Hospital (GGH) here to extend healthcare services in such a manner that the patients did not depend on corporate hospitals.

He was speaking during his inspection of the casualty ward, ICU, medical care block, orthopaedic, paediatric and dialysis wards at the GGH on Saturday.

Mr. Sudarshan Reddy said 280 associate professors would be promoted as professors in about three weeks and, 132 doctors were appointed recently. It has been made mandatory for the newly-appointed doctors to serve in the rural areas for not less than a year. The government would examine the proposals to introduce specialised courses in the teaching hospitals. Emphasis should be laid on maintaining cleanliness on the hospitals' premises.

GGH in-charge superintendent Dr. K Babji said the hospital needed to have MRI scanning facility.