ESIC medical colleges to be transferred to government

In a major policy shift, the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) in principle has decided to transfer, either to the State or Union government, the five medical colleges along with the infrastructure already created to serve both the Insured Persons (IPs) of the ESIC scheme and the Non IPs.

Official Sources told The Hindu that the medical colleges proposed to be transferred included the Multi Million Medical Education complex coming up in Gulbarga city, Medical Colleges at Mandi in Himachal Pradesh, Alwar in Rajasthan, Bihta near Patna in Bihar, and in Bhubaneshwar, Orissa.

Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha M. Mallikarjun Kharge, who was instrumental in sanctioning the Medical Education Complex in Gulbarga, and the State Medical Education Minister Sharanprakash Patil have made a strong plea for establishing a unit of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences using the facilities available in the medical education complex.

Sources said that since the transfer may not materialise immediately, the ESIC had come out with an interim arrangement for utilising the infrastructure facilities in these five medical colleges. In Gulbarga, the ESIC may give its permission to start a 100-bed hospital to provide services to both the IP and Non IPs. The decision to expand it may be taken later. The ESIC has also decided to introduce the system of providing treatment to Non IPs in the medical college hospital proposed in Gulbarga. Based on the results, this practice would be extended to other four medical colleges proposed to be handed over to State or Union governments.

The ESIC has also decided to establish a fully functional 300-bed hospital before applying to the MCI for starting MBBS classes.

The ESIC has also decided to apply to the Dental Council of India (DCI) to permit a dental college in the Medical Education Complex in Gulbarga from the academic year 2015-16. The sources said the ESIC had also decided to permit starting of the 100 bed hospitals at Medical College in Mandi, Alwar, and a 300-bed hospital at Bhubandeshwar in two phases and a 100-bed hospital at Bihta. Moreover, the sub committee on medical services and medical education has recommended to the ESIC that the focus of ESI activities should be on providing primary, secondary and super speciality medical care to the IPs. Selected ESI

Hospitals may be developed as centres of excellence for providing specialist/super speciality treatment facilities.

Five medical colleges proposed to be transferred to State or Union government

Interim arrangements to be made to use the infrastructure facilities of the medical colleges

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