The Union Cabinet has given a green signal for the establishment of two new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Tamil Nadu and Telangana. In Tamil Nadu, AIIMS will be established at Madurai with a cost of INR 1,264 crore. However, AIIMS in Telangana will be established in Bibinagar with a cost of INR 1,028 crore. Both the new AIIMS will be set up under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY).
The major benefit of establishing AIIMS institute is adding 100 undergraduate (MBBS) seats and 60 B.Sc. (Nursing) seats at each new AIIMS. It will also have 15-20 Super Specialty Departments. Each new AIIMS will add around 750 hospital beds. The official report suggested that each new AIIMS would cater to around 1500 outdoor patients per day and around 1000 Indoor patients per month.
The key objective of establishing new AIIMS is providing quality tertiary healthcare, medical education, nursing education and research in the region.
According to the official statement, ''Setting up of new AIIMS would not only transform health education and training but also address the shortfall of health care professionals in the region. Construction of new AIIMS is fully funded by the Central Government. The Operations & Maintenance expenses on new AIIMS are also fully borne by the Central Government.''
It also added, ''The timeframe for the establishment of the new AIIMS Tamil Nadu and AIIMS Telangana will be 45 months, broadly comprising a pre-construction phase of 10 months, a construction phase of 32 months and stabilization/commissioning phase of 3 months.''
The new AIIMS in Telangana and Tamil Nadu will also lead to employment generation for nearly 3000 people in various faculty & non-faculty posts in each of the AIIMS. The Central Cabinet has approved for the creation of one post of Director with the basic pay of INR 2.25 lakh.
The Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) is a central Scheme that aims at correcting the imbalances in the availability of affordable tertiary healthcare facilities.