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Cancer, nephrology units to come up in 10 government medical college hospitals

Medical seats likely to increase by 100

Talks on with Comed-K on

seat-sharing

BANGALORE: The State Government has constituted a one-man committee headed by retired Karnataka High Court judge H.N. Narayan to look into the fee structure for the private medical colleges and the colleges belonging to religious and linguistic minorities’ managements.

Medical Education Minister Ramachandra Gowda told presspersons here on Friday that the exact time frame to be given for the committee to submit its report was yet to be decided. The judge had indicated that he would file an interim report instead of directly submitting a final report.

Such a committee had been formed as per the direction of the court. The managements had sought an increase of 10 per cent in the fees.

Pointing out that at present the Government had been sharing seats in Comed-K colleges at a ratio of 42:58, he said the Government had been trying to increase this to 45:55.

The Minister said the seats in undergraduate medical courses in government medical colleges were expected to increase by about 100 in the ensuing academic year at the rate of 50 each in Mysore and Hubli medical colleges.

Similarly, the seats in the postgraduate medical courses in government medical colleges had touched 548 while those in dental colleges were 169. In addition to this, there were 28 seats in the super speciality medical courses.

Responding to complaints that the present capacity in the Government-run Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology was not enough to accommodate the increasing number of cancer patients, Mr. Gowda said the Government had been considering a proposal for setting up cancer, cardiology and nephrology units in all the 10 teaching hospitals attached to government medical colleges in States. The doctors in these units would be trained to handle these specialised units.

He pointed out that Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari Veerendra Heggade too planned to build an additional floor in the Kidwai institute at a cost of Rs. 5.5 crore to increase the capacity of this institute by about 100 beds.

To questions on the alleged irregularities in the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences examinations, he said he would soon hold consultations with Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on resolving such issues.

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