To improve cancer-care facilities in India, and to give better access to treatment for cancer patients in five states, Tata Trusts has decided to contribute ₹1,000 crore to help the central government. Ratan Tata, who leads the Trust, has expressed his desire to open affordable cancer treatment centres. New hospitals will come up in Assam, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.
The cancer-care facilities in Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh will be created afresh, reports Mumbai Mirror, or they’ll be upgraded on the lines of Parel’s Tata Memorial Hospital. This hospital receives cancer patients from across India and provides free or highly subsidised treatment to 60% of them. It has 700 beds and gets about 67,000 new cancer patients every year.
The government will use the ₹1,000 crores on better infrastructure and medical equipment.
Some quit the treatment midway as they can’t afford to stay in the city for the entire duration of the treatment. The new facilities that will be introduced will try to tackle this issue.
The Tata Memorial Hospital will train the doctors and paramedical staff. Jaipur will get a new hospital, which will cost ₹200 crore. This will be borne by the state government. A 23.5-acre new centre will be allotted to the Tata Trusts in Ranchi, Jharkhand. The current Indian Railways cancer institute and research centre will be upgraded in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, which has been taken over by the Trust recently. In Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh, 25 acres will be provided by the Tirupati Balaji Temple Trust for a new facility.
“Once the new or upgraded centres start operations, patients from north India won’t have to come all the way to Mumbai for basic treatment,” a senior doctor at Tata Memorial told the publication. There is also a possibility of a dedicated centre being set up in the north to speed up treatment.