The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs today approved the proposal for implementing the upgradation of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi, instead of Patliputra Medical College & Hospital, Dhanbad (PMCH), under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana in partial modification of the decision of CCEA taken on 22.6.2006.
This would fill the gap of tertiary healthcare infrastructure as well as quality medical education in the State of Jharkhand.
PMCH is functioning from two campuses located about five kilometers apart; one campus houses the medical college building and a partially constructed new hospital building and the other campus has an old hospital which houses Departments of Surgery, Orthopaedics, blood bank etc. PMCH has admission capacity of 50 seats for MBBS and the institution is facing difficulty in meeting the conditions required for recognition by the MCI due to shortage of faculty and other staff. Hospital equipments are also lying unutilized due to shortage of trained manpower. At present there is no PG training and Super-Specialties. Post –graduate training and opening of Super-Specialty departments would require additional faculty/staff and other infrastructure. It, was, therefore, felt that there were large gaps in the Patliputra Medical College and Hospital both in terms of infrastructure and manpower resources. Considering that the PMSSY scheme is a resource led scheme for building of super specialty capacities with an overall ceiling of Rs. 100 crore ( from the GOI) and the State Government’s contribution of Rs. 20 crores, it appeared difficult to upgrade the medical institution to a satisfactory level.
The State Government was accordingly advised to reconsider RIMS, Ranchi for upgradation.