‘1,000-bed government hospital ready for inauguration’

The State government is considering a tie-up between the Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research and the super-speciality hospital being established here by the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), to extend special treatment facilities to people in Hyderabad Karnataka, said Medical Education Minister Sharan Prakash Patil.

The institute, which has already established a branch in Mysore, had entered into an agreement with a private super-speciality hospital in Hubli so as to treat patients suffering from cardio-vascular problems. The State is exploring the possibility of a similar tie-up between the ESIC hospital and the institute to ensure that people in HK received proper cardio-vascular treatment.

Dr. Patil told presspersons here on Sunday that the super-speciality hospital would be ready within a year. If the tie-up works, then people will not have to travel to Hyderabad, Solapur or Bangalore for treatment, he said. “I have already discussed this subject with the institute authorities in Bangalore to work out the details of this collaboration,” he added.

On the Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital, also known as OPEC Hospital in Raichur, which has been closed since the contract with Apollo Hospitals ended two months ago, Dr. Patil said the government was working to reopen the hospital, and has even considered restoring its autonomous status; otherwise, it will remain attached with the Raichur Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), as decided by the previous Bharatiya Janata Party government.

Dr. Patil said that a final decision would be taken after meeting with leaders in Raichur. “We are keeping our options open, as far as the hospital is concerned,” he said.

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Dr. Patil said that the State government has also asked the Director of the Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology to submit a report on the revival of the Peripheral Cancer Treatment Centre here. “The revival of the Rajiv Gandhi hospital and the cancer treatment centre have been given priority,” he said.

On the demand for a Government Medical College for Gulbarga, Dr. Patil said that the first priority was to start the new medical colleges sanctioned by the previous government. The Minister said he would bring up the matter during the pre-budget discussion with the Chief Minister. Seven other colleges have also been sanctioned, he added.

Dr. Patil said the government would not incur any expenditure on infrastructure facilities for a medical college here, since a new 1,000-bed government hospital was ready to be inaugurated.