NEW DELHI: The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has approved enhancement of 70 more PG seats in different disciplines for the Government Medical Colleges in Jammu and Kashmir from the 2017-18 session. As per the technical norms and student-faculty ratio, 20 seats have been increased in SKIMS, Soura, 37 in GMC, Srinagar and 13 in GMC, Jammu.
This was revealed at a meeting between Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Jai Prakash Nadda and Minister for Health & Medical Education, Bali Bhagat held in Union capital here on Wednesday, an official spokesperson said.
Bali held wide-ranging discussion on the overall health scenario in Jammu and Kashmir and drew the attention of Union Minister towards the issues of prominence that need to be prioritized to improve the patient care. The issues, which figured in the meeting included, release of balance funds under PMDP, reimbursement of non-Plan budget under Family Welfare Scheme, expediting formal sanction and release of funds for Medical College, Doda, release of funds for State Cancer Institutes, establishment/upgradation of drug testing laboratories in the state, release of funds for three Tertiary Care Cancer Centres, establishment of Burn Care Unit at GMC, Jammu and establishment of two AIIMS, one each at Kashmir and Jammu.
Regarding the establishment of AIIMS in Kashmir and Jammu, the Union Minister revealed that a joint team of officers of Central and State Governments will soon conduct the inspection of proposed sites and take a decision accordingly.
Similarly, for setting up of State Cancer Institute at SKIMS, Soura and GMC, Jammu, a team of experts will visit the State shortly for the on-spot study and take appropriate decision accordingly.
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