Government Releases Final Installment for Multi-Specialty Hospital in Bareilly

Rohilkhand region’s government-run multi-specialty hospital can finally become functional as the state government has released the last installment of ₹12 crore for its construction work. The proposed 300-bed multi-specialty facility, which has been under construction in the campus of Bareilly mental hospital, was awaiting the last installment for a year. The project was approved by the state government in the financial year 2012-13 and the construction work began in August 2013. The hospital was scheduled to become fully functional by 2016, but it got delayed by more than two years. Dr Vineet Shukla, chief medical officer, said, “As the UP government has released the last installment, the construction work will pick. Nearly 75 percent of the work has already been completed. However, as the building for the outpatient department (OPD) is ready, I have sent a logical proposal to the state government on the number of staff and equipment needed here to run this facility.”

Though the administration had earlier announced to start the OPD in January this year, it could not happen as no additional staff was hired. The health department had claimed that the hospital will be inaugurated when the construction is completed. The hospital initially came up at a cost of ₹45 crore, but during the construction, the budged was revised to nearly ₹70 crore. The multi-specialty hospital will facilitate neuro surgeons, neuro physicians, nephrologists, urologists, gastronomists and plastic surgeons. “There will be a requirement of at least two doctors in each department. If the state government appoints adequate number of specialists and other staff members, it will be a boon for many patients who are unable to meet costly medical expenses,” said an official of the health department. – TOI

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