8 new medical colleges to come up: Health Min

Bhubaneswar: At least eight new medical colleges would be established on Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode in the state in the coming years for which the Government is trying to clear all formalities, said Health and Family Welfare Minister Damodar Rout in the Assembly on Friday.
Informing the House during the question-answer hour, Rout said work for the medical colleges is in progress at Betanati, Bolangir, Jharsuguda and Raygada. Similarly, the government has made discussion with the PSUs including NTPC in Sundergarh, MCL in Talcher, SAIL in Rourkela, Nalco in Koraput and Aditya Birla group in Raygada to open the health institutes, the Minister said.
This apart, the government has proposed to make 100-bed hospital in all 30 districts of the state within three years and to convert the Capital hospital in Bhubaneswar into a medical college, he said adding the Medical Council of India agreed to raise the seats of three medical colleges of the state by 100.
Similarly, the government is contemplating to increase the age of retirement of the doctors working at three medical colleges to 65, Rout added.