Indian Railways to convert hospitals to colleges
The Indian Railways has sought the permission of the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the Union health ministry to develop 10 of its 125 hospitals across zones into medical colleges.

According to sources close to the development, zonal central hospitals under the Northern Railways, Eastern Railways, South Eastern Railways, North East Frontier Railways, Southern Railways, South Central Railways, Western Railways, Central Railways, North Eastern Railways, and the divisional hospital at Kharagpur will be converted into medical colleges.

“These hospitals will offer postgraduate courses for medical students. For this, the railways will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with local universities and colleges,” said an official.

The railways runs around 125 hospitals and 586 dispensaries across the country to provide free treatment to 6.7 million people, including its 1.3 employees, their families, and pensioners. These hospitals have around 14,000 beds. These hospitals have 40,000 staff, including 2,500 doctors.

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