Mangaluru, Apr 20, 2016: Talking to media after inaugurating renovated physiotherapy centre at the Government Wenlock Hosptial, Minister for Health and Family Welfare U T Khader said that even if land is available at Bantwal, Puttur or Belthangady taluks, the government would have to spend Rs. 10,000 crore for infrastructure.
“It is also difficult to get 800 in-patients for the hospital attached to the college in those places.” He virtually ruled out setting up a government medical college outside the city, huge amount of money will have to be pent on creating new infrastructure there which is impractical.
Minister Khader said that the Wenlock Hospital was ideal place to start the medical college. “You can post doctors and nurses here and start the college,” he said. Earlier, Minister Khader said the medical college would start functioning at the Wenlock in another two years.
Asked on the need of specialised healthcare services for poor patients from Bantwal, Belthangady and Puttur taluks, Minister Khader said he was proposing a 200-bed referral civil hospital at one of the three taluk headquarters.