AIIMS may help train Railway doctors

New Delhi, June 27 (PTI) Railways are exploring the possibility of forging ties with premier medical institute AIIMS to help its vast pool of doctors get specialised training.

The PSU behemoth is “in favour of exploiting opportunities which are mutually beneficial to each other,” a senior Railway official said.

He said several such issues were discussed when a team of doctors from AIIMS called on Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee here yesterday.

“Offering specialised training to doctors of Railway Health Services came up for discussion during the interaction.

At this point, it was decided to explore whether Railways can forge ties with AIIMS for specialised training for its doctors,” the official said.

The doctors on the other hand raised several issues which the minister assured to look into, he said.

Railways to Set up 522 Diagnostic Centres & Hospitals

In a major development, Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee has announced that the Railway Ministry has joined hands with the Union Health Ministry to set up 522 hospitals and diagnostic centres at railway stations and nearby localities. She announced this while presenting the Union Railway Budget for 2010-2011 in the Parliament.

“With the cooperation of the Union Ministry of Health, it is expected that about 522 hospitals and diagnostic centres will be set up which will benefit railway employees and their children in a big way,” she said. According to the Minister, the Union Railways Ministry has signed an MoU with the Union Health Ministry to set up these hospitals. According to sources, plans are afoot to tie up with top-notch institutions like CMC, Vellore and AIIMS for the 15-odd tertiary level multi-speciality hospitals in the state of West Bengal.

Outpatient Departments (OPD) and diagnostic centres will be set up in Agartala, Agra Cantonment, Aligarh, Amethi, Amritsar, Balasore, Bhubaneswar, Bardhaman, Delhi Cantonment, Howrah, Itanagar, Lalgarh, Lucknow, Machilipatnam, Madhepura, Madhubani, Satna, Sawai Madhopur, Secunderabad, Sewagram, Shahganj, Shakurbasti, Sri Satya Sai Prashanti Nilayam, Srikalahasti, Trichur, Tumkur, Tuni, Udhampur, Una, Vidisha, Vizianagaram, Warangal and several other places.

Secondary-level general speciality hospitals will be established at Adilabad, Aligarh Jn., Ambala Cantt, Asansol, Aurangabad , Azamgarh, Ballarshah, Bally, Ballygunge, Bankura, Barasat, Barauni, Basar, Betul, Chandrapur, Coochbehar, Siliguri Jn., Sitapur, Siuri, Solapur, Tanuku, Tiruchirapalli Jn., Uluberia, Vijaywada and Visakhapatnam .

Tertiary-level multi-speciality hospitals will be set up at Asansol, Bandikui, Bharatpur, Bhuj, Bhusawal, Bina, Bokaro Steel City, Chalisgaon, Chandigarh, Dankuni, Garden Reach, Guwahati, Haldia, Howrah, Kanchrapara, New Bongaigaon, New Farakka, New Jalpaiguri, New Mal, Paglachandi, Purna, Rajkot, Rampur, Rampurhat, Ranaghat, Rangapara North, Rewari, Sawai Madhopur, Siliguri Jn., Vijayawada and in many other locations. She announced that of the 522 hospitals and diagnostic centres planned on railway land across the country, a large number will be set up in Bengal. An out-patient department/diagnostic centre and a secondary-level general speciality hospital are on the anvil for strife-torn Lalgarh.