Patna. A semi-autonomous status for Indira Gandhi Institute of Cardiology (IGIC) Patna has been recommended by the state health department. This will help to develop IGIC into a super specialty heart centre. At present, the institute is governed directly by the state government.
The department’s proposal is being looked into by an empowered committee led by principal secretary of general administration. To facilitate the matter, the department was also in the process of framing new cadre rules for the IGIC employees. After the framing of new rules only those doctors with specialised degrees like DM and M.Ch, would be eligible for appointment in the institute. Notably, a majority of the IGIC doctors have no super speciality degree.
There is also a likelihood of the institute shifting to its new building by April 1, 2014. The upgraded IGIC will have provision for 450 beds including 50-bed each of intensive care unit (ICU) and coronary care unit (CCU). The hospital, at present, has a total of only 160 beds.
The centre will have two state-of-the art cath labs and four modern operation theatres including a modular OT to carry out complicated open heart surgeries. A nuclear medicine wing to facilitate the examination of the strength of heart muscles will also be set up. This facility is available only in specialised heart centres of the country.