Minister of State for Health Sashi Panja said on Monday that the city will soon have a new multi-superspecialty hospital. The construction of the hospital, which is situated close to MR Bangur Hospital in Tollygunge, began a year ago and it is being funded by the Centre and state government. Final touches are being given and the hospital will be inaugurated soon. Senior officials of the health department feel that the hospital will reduce the rush of patients in state-run hospitals.
At present, there are four undergraduate medical colleges and hospitals in the city, namely, Calcutta Medical College and Hospital, RG Kar Medical College and Hospital, Nilratan Sarkar Medical
College and Hospital and National Medical College and Hospital.
The post-graduate medical colleges and hospitals in the city include SSKM Hospital, Sambhunath Hospital, Bangur Institute of Neurology, Bangur Hospital and Vidyasagar Hospital.
The new hospital will have cardiology and cardiothoracic departments along with the departments of neurology, nephrology, plastic surgery and pediatric surgery. There will be an orthopedic department and a department of Gynecology. The 300 bed hospital will have five operation theatres and a critical care unit. The hospital will have a separate department for the elderly people. A fair price hop run by the Centre will be housed in the hospital. A committee has been set up comprising the heads of departments in different state run medical colleges.
The hospital will have modern infrastructure and amenities. A radiology unit will be opened and x-ray and blood testing facilities will be available as well. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who also holds the health portfolio, has already told the authorities of district hospitals to treat the patients there and not to send them to the city, unless it is an emergency case.
Medical colleges and hospitals are flooded with patients from the districts and many of them can receive treatment in district hospitals now as they have been upgraded in the past five years.
It may be recalled that the state government has started a new chapter in the health care sector in the country by making hospital beds free and having fair price medicine shops.