Maharashtra Medical Education Minister Amit Deshmukh has informed that the state cabinet has given the approval to set up eight more government medical colleges as well as intensive care hospitals (ICUs) in the state under a public-private partnership policy, in an attempt to boost health infrastructure. At present, the western state has 18 government medical colleges and hospitals and an additional eight more are in the pipeline.
Maharashtra will have an additional 1,000 seats in MD, MS and DNB courses in the next three years. Out of the 1,000 seats, 350 will be created in the proposed government medical colleges and the rest 650 in the present medical colleges. The state will have an additional 2,600 MBBS seats within 10 years. This includes 1,800 in the new medical colleges and 800 in the existing colleges.
According to Deshmukh, the step will significantly ramp up the healthcare infrastructure in areas with no government medical colleges. This drawback, which has been underscored by the Covid-19 pandemic, will now be addressed. He added that the state government’s effort for opening new medical colleges will also ensure filling up of vacancies in the medical arena. Deshmukh also informed that all the new medical colleges in Maharashtra will be equipped with all modern facilities to provide quality education and medical services to the people swiftly.