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Tata Memorial Doctors Will Soon Visit Kolkata, Vizag

Times of India
19 November 2010
By Malathy Iyer
Mumbai, India

Soon, cancer patients from Kolkata will not need to trek all the way to Parel to meet Tata Memorial Hospital doctors. The doctors will instead travel to Kolkata for patient care. Ditto with patients coming from in and around the port city of Vizag.

Tata Memorial Doctors Will Soon Visit Kolkata, Vizag
In an ambitious plan to decongest cancer care that has for decades been synonymous with Tata Memorial Hospital in Parel, the hospital and its parent organization, the Department of Atomic Energy, is setting up an ambitious National Cancer–Care Grid.

"The hospital in Kolkata will be a private hospital managed by the Tata group, but we have been called in to give support in terms of infrastructure development, human resources and protocols. It will certainly be one of the National Grid hospitals," said Tata Memorial Hospital And Cancer Centre director Dr Rajan Badwe.

The Kolkata cancer centre will be operational within a year. "Our doctors will visit the Kolkata centre for conducting follow–up clinics for patients who would otherwise have to come to Mumbai," he added. This will help decongestion of cancer–care; at present, families from outstation centres camp outside the Tata Memorial Hospital complex in Parel for months on end.

The symbiosis is already evident: Tata Memorial Hospital doctors have been regularly visiting Kolkata. In fact, the head of Tata Memorial Hospital Dr Anil D’Cruz will give a lecture on awareness in Kolkata next week. Apart from Kolkata, there is a Tata Memorial Hospital’s satellite centre coming up in Vizag. "We are also setting up our own centre in Vizag. It will have 150 beds and take another three years to be operational," said Dr Badwe.

Cancer care is expensive because of the complex and chronic nature of the disease. The private sector has only recently shown interest in offering cancer care to its patients, with the sector so far being dependent on government funding. The Indian government runs 19 regional cancer centres across the country, but it is seen as being too inadequate for the increasing number of cancer patients.

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