The ESI Corporation in its meeting held on 16.02.2001 had decided to take over one hospital in each state covered under ESIC and develop it into a Model Hospital. In the States where the ESIC is already running hospital cum Occupational Disease Centres, the same are treated as Model Hospital for that State.
ESIC has given in principle approval for setting up of Hospital at Baddi, Himachal Pradesh to be run as Model Hospital. Pondichery have so far not given their consent for handing over the hospital to the ESI Corporation to be set up as Model Hospital. Further, Standing Committee of ESIC in its 169th meeting held on 02.06.2005 has resolved that for a period of two years, till March 2007, ESIC may not take over any more hospital of State Govt. as Model Hospital.
Upgradation is an on going process and ESIC has taken several steps to upgrade the Model Hospitals with staff and equipment as per the norms. The ESI Corporation has sanctioned the staff as per the norms and the process of recruitment is in progress. Besides this, the hospitals are being technically upgraded with latest equipments as per the requirement of the various hospitals.
This was stated by the Minister of State(Independent Charge) of Ministry of Labour and Employment, Shri Oscar Fernandes in written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.