Orissa government has decided to add 869 beds in the three government-run medical college hospitals in the State.

According to Health and Family Welfare department, SCB Medical College Hospital, Cuttack has been sanctioned an additional 478 beds while VSS Medical College Hospital, Burla and MKCG Medical College Hospital, Berhampur will get 210 and 181 beds respectively.

As of now the SCB Medical College Hospital has a capacity of around 1,200 beds while other two medical college hospitals have about 700 each.

Since several buildings, under various departments, had come up on campus of the medical college hospitals, it had become necessary to increase beds.

The Health and Family Welfare department said financial approval was also given for creation of 669 new posts, including eight professors, 19 associate professors, 60 assistant professors, 110 senior residents and 472 paramedics' posts. It has been decided to fill up attendants' posts through outsourcing, the department said. It is to be noted that arrival of patents to the medical colleges has been consistently rising over the years. Approval of new beds is likely ease the pressure.

Emergency service

Meanwhile, the State government has also decided to make emergency service available on a 24x7 basis in neurosurgery department of SCB Medical College which is one of the well-known centres in eastern India.

“As the neurosurgery department has been receiving patients from all districts and neighbouring States, availing medical care to them was necessary. Besides, there will be operation facilities six days a week,” health and family welfare department said here.

According to the department, 2,272 patient registered in neurosurgery centre of SCB Medical College Hospital in 2008-09, the number rose to 2,493 next year (2009-10) and in 2010-11, 2,711 patients accessed consultancy as well as treatment from the centre.