February 01, 2010

Railways to set up diagnostic centres near stations

In what could give a big boost to health infrastructure in India, the Railways today joined hands with the Health Ministry to set up diagnostic centres, hospitals and nursing colleges in vacant railway land across the country.

Railways, which possess vast tracts of vacant land all over the country, had been toying with the idea of setting up healthcare facilities with Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee announcing intentions in this regard in her budget speech.

The plan could see setting up of diagnostic centres initially as both the ministries plan to address the increasing primary and tertiary healthcare needs.

Establishment of multi-speciality hospitals and nursing colleges are also on the cards.

The two ministries have decided to set up a committee to finalise the broad framework for implementation of the ambitious project.

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