Times of India
19 November 2010
If a unique arrangement between the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), the state government and the BMC works out, the city may get a subsidized cancer–care hospital at Wadala.
BMC’s KEM Hospital and DAE–run Tata Memorial Hospital will run the cancer–care hub on the Wadala land, which is owned by the state and leased out to the BMC.
The plot already houses the city’s only leprosy hospital, Acworth, and three nodal AIDS agencies operating in the state the Maharashtra State AIDS Control Society, the Mumbai District AIDS Control Society and the Avert Society.
"There is a proposal for a cancer hospital in Wadala, but it is early days yet," said BMC additional municipal commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar. Such a proposal was discussed, but nothing has been done thereafter, said sources in Mantralaya, the state government headquarters.
Mhaiskar said the plan was to "rehouse the Acworth Leprosy Hospital in the same plot and build the new cancer hospital as well". There is enough of space for all the facilities in the Wadala plot, she added. A BMC–run cancer
hospital has been a longstanding demand from various quarters, including health NGOs.
A cancer hospital project at Marol in Andheri was shelved more than five years ago due to lack of funds; Seven Hills Hospital was then set up on the same plot as a public–private partnership project between a private firm and the BMC.
"Recently, we conducted a gap analysis of healthcare facilities and found that there was need for a specialized cancer care hospital in the city," said Mhaiskar.
The Wadala plot seemed the ideal solution. Incidentally, the cancer hospital project was mentioned by BMC standing committee chairman Rahul Shewale at a breast cancer awareness camp organized by the Tata Memorial Hospital on Monday.
Dr Rajan Badwe, director of Tata Memorial Hospital, said, "The BMC has land earmarked for healthcare purposes and we agreed to partner them in the cancer project. However, nothing has been sanctioned as yet." Tata Memorial Hospital had a few years back shown interest in developing a child and women cancer care division close to the existing hospital complex in Parel.
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