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ESIC to set up medical colleges

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The Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), under the Labour and Employment Ministry, will set up 11 medical colleges and 13 postgraduate medical institutions to provide better health care and superspeciality treatment to the insured. The first such college will start functioning in 2010-11. Forty per cent each of the seats in these colleges will be allotted on an all-India basis and to the respective State governments. Out of the remaining 20 per cent, 10 per cent will go to children of the insured employees, and five per cent each to children of the employers and the wards of ESIC staff, Minister of State for Labour and Employment Oscar Fernandes said at an editors’ conference here on Wednesday. Once the colleges started functioning, there would be a sea change in the services offered in the ESIC hospitals and dispensaries, he said. At present, there are 144 hospitals, 42 annexes and 1,427 dispensaries under the scheme covering 3.30 crore beneficiaries. While 21 hospitals are directly run by the ESIC, the remaining are administered through the State governments.

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