IN A bid to increase the number of trained doctors in the Maharashtra, the medical education department has opted for a new approach — to start medical colleges on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) basis.
Plans to open two medical colleges — one in Wadala and one in Raigad — partnering with the Mumbai Port Trust, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust and the Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), are already underway.
In an event to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Wadia Hospital, which opened as the first hospital and medical college on the PPP model in the state, Medical Education Minister Vinod Tawde said the move would relieve the government of bearing the cost of building infrastructure and ensure more medical graduates are produced in the state.
“We will maintain the fee structure on par with government rates. That will distinguish these colleges from private ones,” Tawde said.
For the two medical colleges being planned, a meeting was set up with Union Minister of Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari to discuss the possibility of setting up a medical college at the MbPT hospital in Wadala East, he said. “He agreed to start a college. With him, ONGC also got on board to start a college at Raigad,” Tawde said.
A committee, headed by Medical Council of India (MCI) member Dr Ved Prakash Mishra, has now been formed to deliberate on the number of medical seats and teaching specialty required. The department will present its proposal to the MCI for approval within three months.
“The challenge still remains to get super specialty doctors in which there is a dearth. We will focus on creating courses for post graduate specialisation,” Tawde added.
At present, Wadia is the only hospital on PPP basis providing teaching courses.