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Tata Memorial’s 13-Storey Wing to Doast 70 Deds, OPD

Times of India
03 March 2011
By Pratibha Masand
Mumbai, India

Cancer Care Gets a Lift: Patients Can Expect Better Facilities, More non–Invasive Detection
MUCH-NEEDED SPACE: Tata Memorial medical director Dr R Badwe with A P J Abdul Kalam and Gulam Nabi Azad at the inauguration of the wing MUCH-NEEDED SPACE: Tata Memorial medical director Dr R Badwe with A P J Abdul Kalam and Gulam Nabi Azad at the inauguration of the wing
Tata Memorial Hospital’s swanky new wing was inaugurated on Wednesday by former President A P J Abdul Kalam. The 13–storey building will have 70 new beds and four floors dedicated to the out–patient department.

The hospital has felt an urgent need for more space for some time now, as a total of 50,000 new cancer patients visit Tata Memorial Hospital every year, out of which, the hospital is able to accept only 4,000 for treatment.

"In order to decongest the patients flow, we have started the new block, which is meant only for paid patients and has five–star facilities. This wing will have six new operation theatres and the focus will be more on treating women and children’s cancers. The wing will also have four latest radiotherapy machines," said Dr R Badwe, medical director at the hospital.

Kalam said, "The architecture of this place is such that the patient would feel confident while entering the building." The hospital should focus on teaching the patients, he said, rather than treating them.

Union health minister Gulam Nabi Azad said the government is worried about non–communicable diseases such as cancer. "A total of Rs 700 crore has been granted for cancer patients in this year’s Budget. Also, below poverty line patients, who undergo liver or kidney transplant due to cancer, will get Rs 15 lakh from the government. We plan to increase the retirement age of the oncology faculty from 60 years to 65 years."

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