April 27, 2008

Apollo Hospitals to start medical college in West Bengal

The Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals is to set up a medical college with a 350-bed hospital on the outskirts of the West Bengal capital.

Apollo Hospitals managing director Preetha Reddy told reporters: "We discussed the plan for the medical college at a meeting with Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya Friday evening. He has promised to extend all possible help, including arranging for a 25-acre plot if we fail to arrange for it ourselves."

The hospital authorities are eyeing the outskirts of Kolkata to set up the medical college. "This Rs.700-million project will be operational by 2011," Reddy added. There will be a 350-bed hospital on the campus of the medical college.

"We are also planning to set up 100-bed hospitals in West Bengal towns. We will start with Siliguri, Burdwan and Kharagpur towns," said Reddy.

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