Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy on Saturday directed officials to speed up the land acquisition process and start the work for the establishment of 16 new medical colleges by July 1. The officials explained to the Chief Minister that land acquisition has been completed for eight colleges and the process for the remaining eight was on.
The Chief Minister said that every medical institution — right from Village Clinics to PHC, CHC, Area Hospitals, District Hospitals and Teaching Hospitals — should be of national standard and directed the authorities to prepare SOPs in this regard. The chief minister also said that there should be no shortage of doctors and staff in any hospital across the state. Also, the Chief Minister said that there should be no delay in the release of the Hospital Development Funds, where a policy should be framed for better execution. The officials explained that leaving the management of the hospitals to the medical superintendents was causing difficulties and suggested hiring hospital managers to oversee all aspects of hospital management except clinical decisions.
Officials said that such policy is already being implemented in several states with good results. In this context, the Chief Minister suggested introducing a specialized course in medical colleges related to hospital management by partnering with leading private hospitals. With regard to YSR Health Clinics, the Chief Minister said that the clinics should be painted in vibrant colours like in schools to give them a pleasant feeling and make them look impressive. He directed the authorities to release the required funds for YSR Health Clinics immediately.
The Chief Minister said that doctors in PHCs and 104 MMUs should visit rural areas and offer medical services in the nearby villages on a regular basis. He instructed the officials to prepare an action plan in this regard. The Chief Minister also directed the authorities to look into the steps to be taken to implement the Family Doctor Concept in State.