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State government to promote Medical Education in West Bengal

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WB Govt to promote Medical Education
The West Bengal government has come up with a decision to promote medical education in the state. The plan is to use the available land for medical educational buildings.

As a primary step, the Department of Health and Family Welfare has issued a memorandum on 16th August, stating that the government wants to set up a board policy framework to promote medical education.

The act shall take place through PPP (Public Private Partnership), using land and assets available with the government.

According to the sources, the Health department has taken some decisions in order to develop health care facility across the state.

The Health department invites offers to establish colleges across the state, via PPP and the equity will be in the from of leased out assets like land and buildings.

Later, an agreement will be made with the selected private partners that, around 25% of the beds in the respective medical colleges and hospitals will be reserved for the poor and, free treatment shall be provided as recommended by the Health department.

Apart from using government land and assets, a minimum of one-third of the total seats in the medical colleges shall be filled through entrance test.

To speed up the process of establishing medical education facilities, the private partner may be allowed to utilise the facilities in the existing district hospitals or any other government hospitals.

The health department will follow the procedures laid down by the finance department in the PPP policy of the state government.

It will set up a committee under the director of medical education for the actual framing and release of expression of interests and preliminary evaluation of the applicant private partners who would show interest to set up the medical colleges.

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