Thiruvananthapuram: The government has decided not to go ahead with the decision of its predecessors to start MBBS courses at the newly set up medical college hospital at the general hospital premises this year.
The decision was taken by the government in view of the lack of facilities including infrastructure facilities, laboratories, staff, class rooms and proper hostels. Cabinet has given the nod to health minister to convey the government decision to Medical Council of India (MCI).
“We cannot start a medical college in haste. First we need to put in place proper infrastructure facilities. The students should have an ideal academic atmosphere and at least proper classes for taking the course,” Health Minster K K Shailaja told DC.
She said the government was not in a position to create all these facilities within a couple of months and hence it does not want to rush through. “We are examining the need for such medical colleges. A team of experts will look into all these matters in detail. The government’s priority is to raise the standard of the existing five government medical colleges to the status of Centre for Excellence. Besides it wants to improve the facilities in the taluk, district and general hospitals,” she added.