Cabinet approves setting up of new AIIMS in Bhatinda

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New Delhi | Updated: July 27, 2016 10:58 PM

Under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), PM Narendra Modi-led Cabinet on Wednesday approved the establishment of a new AIIMS at Bhatinda in Punjab

Under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), PM Narendra Modi-led Cabinet on Wednesday approved the establishment of a new AIIMS at Bhatinda in Punjab (Reuters)Under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), PM Narendra Modi-led Cabinet on Wednesday approved the establishment of a new AIIMS at Bhatinda in Punjab (Reuters)

Under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), PM Narendra Modi-led Cabinet on Wednesday approved the establishment of a new AIIMS at Bhatinda in Punjab. The hospital will have a capacity of 750 beds which will include Trauma Beds, AYUSH Beds, Private Beds and ICU Speciality & Super Speciality beds. In addition, there will be an Administration Block, AYUSH Block, Auditorium, Night Shelter, Hostels and residential facilities, the government release said. The cost of the project for establishment of the new AIIMS in Bhatinda will be Rs 925 crore. The cost estimate does not include recurring costs (wages & salaries and operation & maintenance expenses). The recurring expenditure will be met by the respective new AIIMS from their annual budgets through Grant-in-Aid to them from Plan Budget Head of PMSSY of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

“The new AIIMS at Bhatinda will provide super specialty health care to the population while creating a large pool of doctors and other health workers in this region that can be available for primary and secondary level institutions/facilities being created under National Health Mission (NHM)”, the government release said. The project will be completed in a period of 48 months from the date of the approval. It consists of a pre-construction phase of 15 months, a construction phase of 30.

Under this scheme, similar health facilities have been established in Bhubaneshwar, Bhopal, Raipur, Jodhpur, Rishikesh and Patna while work on AIIMS, Rae Bareli is in progress. Three new AIIMS at Nagpur (Maharashtra), Kalyani (West Bengal) and Mangalagiri (Andhra Pradesh) have been sanctioned last year.

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