Chief Minister Jayalalithaa chaired a high-level meeting on Saturday on setting up a multi-super specialty-hospital-medical college in the unused Assembly – secretariat complex in the Omandurar Government Estate.

After a joint inspection of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, and the cardiology wing of the super speciality hospital in Whitefield run by the Sathya Sai Central Trust, a team of officials from the Public Works Department (PWD) and Health Department has submitted a report to the government.

“The objective is to convert the Assembly complex into a super specialty hospital at minimum cost,” says a senior official. The team's inspection included study of out-patient wards and the distance from it to the labs, operation theatres and the rooms of chief doctors. The officials have done a detailed study from record maintenance to the functioning of ultra-modern laundry equipped with autoclave.

After the visit, the team that consisted of a PWD Chief Engineer and Director of Medical Education, apart from architects and an anaesthetist, has had two rounds of discussions with the Health Secretary and Chief Secretary, sources said.

An estimate is also being worked on the number of beds and the expected outpatients the hospital could handle in comparison with other government hospitals in the city. The health department will be the owner of the complex and the PWD will design it as per specifications. A detailed report complete in every aspect will also be submitted to the government.