The Indian government proposes to set up quality hospitals on the model of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, in Patna, Raipur, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Jodhpur and Rishikesh under the Pradhan Mantri Swastha Sureksha Yojna (PMSSY), Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Anbumani Ramadoss has said.
In a written reply to questions raised by some members of the Rajya Sabha, the upper House of the Indian parliament, the minister said that these new hospitals would come up within the next four years.
The AIIMS, New Delhi was set up in 1956 to serve as a nucleus for nurturing excellence in all aspects of health care. The Institute has comprehensive facilities for teaching, research and patient-care.
At the moment there is a heavy influx of patients into the AIIMS, particularly from the northern states. Specialty treatments like cancer care, burns care, brain surgery, plastic surgery and the like are not available in the northern and eastern parts of India.
Minister Ramadoss hoped that the new hospitals would significantly reduce the pressure on the New Delhi institute.
Besides thirteen existing medical institutions have been identified for upgradation to the level of the AIIMS, the minister added.
In reply to another query, he said the report of the M.S.Valiathan committee that studied the functioning of the New Delhi AIIMS was under the consideration of the government Ramadoss also affirmed that the government was committed to increasing expenditure in health sector from the current level of 0.9 per cent of the GDP to 2-3 per cent of the GDP over the next five years.
He said this would be done through the National Rural Health Mission to improve basic health care services for the common man.