Wednesday, 09 May 2018 | PNS | Dehradun– The approval given by the National Programme Coordination Committee (NPCC) of National Health Mission (NHM) to set up a 100 bed hospital at Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya (Coronation) hospital here has paved way for setting up a district hospital in Dehradun. The health secretary Nitesh Jha confirmed that approval for 100 bed hospital in Coronation has been given by the NPCC of NHM held at New Delhi on Monday. The hospital at present has a capacity of 120 beds, out of which 70 beds are in the general hospital while 50 beds are in the cardiac and nephro units operating under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode in the hospital premises. The state administration is planning to convert Coronation and neighbouring Gandhi Centenary Eye Hospital into the district hospital of Dehradun. Under the plan, the Coronation hospital would cater emergency and some OPDs while OPDs like eye, skin and some specialized departments would be operated from Gandhi eye hospital. The department is also working on a plan to increase the number of beds in these hospitals and augment other facilities so that they are able to withstand the pressure of a district hospital. It is pertinent to mention here that the provisional state capital and biggest city of the state is without services of a district hospital from last three years. In 2015, the thriving district Male and female hospitals popularly called as Doon hospital were merged with the Government Doon Medical College (GDMC). This was ostensibly done to meet the obligation of an associated 300 bed hospital for a medical college, by the then Congress government headed by Harish Rawat. In absence of a district hospital, the medical college hospital which actually should serve as a referral centre bore the entire load of patients from all parts of the state. The reluctance of the Medical health and family welfare department in providing medicines and other facilitates has also aggravated things at the GDMC hospital as it had been shifted to medical education department. Interestingly at the time of merging the district hospitals with GDMC it was told by the authorities that the arrangement is temporary and the hospital would again given the status of district hospital once new hospital building for the medical college is set up. The issue remained pending for long as indecisiveness on to construct a new medical college hospital or find a new place for district hospital continued.