Published by: Sukanya Nandy
Last updated: Oct 19, 2023 12:29 IST
Andhra Pradesh Health Minister Vidadala Rajini on Wednesday met Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya and demanded relaxation in the two provisions of the National Medical Commission (NMC). An official statement said that Mandaviya responded positively to Rajini’s request and assured him that appropriate action would be taken.
She further told the meeting that the Andhra Pradesh government is constructing 17 new medical colleges with an investment of Rs 8,480 crore. Construction of five medical colleges has already been completed and will be operational next year. The work of the remaining 12 colleges is continuing at a fast pace, she said, adding that with the new rules, there is no chance of sanctioning even one medical college in the state. Rajini urged the Center to take initiatives to ensure that there is no loss in the provision of modern medicine to Andhra Pradesh.
“The NMC has introduced many new regulations. The new rules have been introduced to allow only hundred seats for every ten lakh population in each state,” Rajini said in her representation to the central government. The other NMC rule states that a hospital with a capacity of 605 beds should be established for new medical colleges, she said, expressing concern over these two provisions.
Rajini said, “These two provisions would cause serious damage to the newly formed state of Andhra Pradesh. After the bifurcation of the state, Andhra Pradesh has lost badly in terms of medical care.”
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