In an interesting development, the BJP-led Devendra Fadnavis government has approved an integrated medical hub which will offer healthcare services in modern allopathy, Indian traditional and homeopathy under one roof.
The Rs 1,250 crore unique project spread over 47 hectare would be set-up in Jalgaon city, the home town of Medical Education Minister Girish Mahajan.
The integrated institution, which would be possibly first of its kind in India, would have a medical, a dental, an Ayurveda, a homeopathy and a physiotherapy college along with their dedicated hospitals. The move seeks collaboration of all branches of medicine and offer a bouquet of healthcare services to patients as per their need.
There would be 100 seats for MBBS, 100 for Ayurveda, 50 for dental and homeopathy and 40 seats for physiotherapy. Girish Mahajan, Medical Education Minister, said,“Civil hospital of Jalgaon will be affiliated with this hub. Admission for all these courses will start next academic year.”
Mahajan justifies the selection of Jalgaon claiming that north Maharashtra has just 0.54 doctors per one lakh population compared to state figure of 0.64 for 1,000 population.
The government denies any plan to formulate interdisciplinary courses for medical students in this institution, however, sources say there is no harm if doctors recommend treatments unrelated to their branch if it offers better results.