Government plans 10 new AIIMS, more cancer centres

The states where the new centres will come up have not been decided yet.

Written by Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi | Updated: June 6, 2014 9:37 am
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan in New Delhi on Thursday. (Source: Express photo by Amit Mehra) Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan in New Delhi on Thursday. (Source: Express photo by Amit Mehra)

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said the government plans to set up 10 more AIIMS-like institutes, 50 tertiary care centres for cancer and 20 state-level cancer institutes across the country.

“Setting up more AIIMS-like institutes has been my priority from the first day. We are starting off with a ballpark figure of 10, which could be revised based on the requirements,” Vardhan told The Indian Express. This does not include the six institutes that were set up by the UPA government but are yet to become fully functional.

“There may not be the need to set up one such institute per state — a small state may not need a full-fledged institute —  but equitable availability of health facilities is the target. We will analyse the needs and then take a call. We are also in the process of setting up 50 tertiary care cancer institutes and 20 state-level institutes,” he said.

The six AIIMS-like institutes that were set up under the UPA regime are in Patna, Raipur, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur and Rishikesh. There is also a proposal to set up such an institute in Raigunj, West Bengal, but the state government wants it shifted to Kalyani.

The states where the new centres will come up have not been decided yet.

An estimated one million new cancer cases are reported in India every year, with 50,000 people succumbing to the disease annually.

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    Chandra Khandelwal
    Jun 6, 2014 at 5:38 am
    New AIIMS should be opened in cities where maximum and dense potion lives but these places are denied for the preference to state capitals
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      PRADEEPKUMAR D
      Jun 6, 2014 at 2:16 pm
      what happened to existing plan of AIIMS @ Madurai, Tamilnadu? They allocated Land and all for AIIMS few years back itself...
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        Prof Nirmal
        Jun 8, 2014 at 9:06 am
        Do we have the enough and right faculty & specialists to men them?
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          Shweta
          Jun 8, 2014 at 7:13 am
          first solve the issue of reservation for faculty posts and superspecialities courses, then plan for 10 new AIIMS. I think we have seen system failure in 6 AIIMS because of this.
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            AP
            Sep 8, 2014 at 11:12 am
            The intention of the present BJP govt is commendable since they want to provide ample funds for health care and health education.
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              Yoddhas-The Warrior
              Jun 6, 2014 at 9:12 pm
              This is great to hear. Only hope this that that this is not limited to a photo-ops and nothing finally is done or is lost in paper works. We have the worst Cancer Care in the world and it good the hear that the government has taken a notice to that. -teamyoddhas. We are a non profit group supporting "Indians Fighting Against Cancer" www.yoodhas
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