BMC is planning to redevelop and increase the capacity of two of its peripheral hospitals in Govandi and Borivli. The Shatabdi and Bhagwati hospitals in Govandi and Borivli, respectively are to be upgraded to 1000-bed capacity each. The work is expected to cost Rs 600cr to Rs 700cr. The civic body is expected to issue advertisement in this regard in December.
"Major hospitals like KEM, Nair and Sion are overloaded. There's hence, a need to upgrade peripheral hospitals to enable them to share the load and provide quality services to suburban patients," a senior civic official said.
Both these hospitals will have facilities for all types medical tests. "Besides, we plan to introduce the concept of private wards in these two hospitals. An entire floor will be demarcated as a private ward. Patients, who can't afford private hospitals but can spend more than a poor man, can benefit from such a service," the official added.
BMC is also planning to enhance the manpower in the peripheral hospitals. As part of this, it is to recruit 500 specialized medical officers. "Initially, we will recruit 230. We will analyze how well we handle the new team of doctors. Once that is settled, the remaining batch of doctors will join them. We plan to appoint the first batch before the code of conduct for assembly poll sets in," he added. The civic body will also recruit 850 nurses.