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    Hike in Stipend for Trainee Medical Professionals in TN

    The Tamil Nadu government has announced increase in stipend of UG internee and PG doctors in the state.

    Heeding to the request of trainee medical professionals, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa announced in the assembly that the present stipend was being hiked.
    The present stipend for UG trainee doctors would be hiked from ₹8,500 to ₹13,000,
    while the stipend for PG doctors would be hiked from ₹18,000 to ₹25,000 for first year, from ₹19,000 to ₹26,000 for second year and from ₹20,000 to ₹27,000 for third year.
    Those doing PG diploma would get ₹25,000 (presently ₹18,000) for first year and ₹26,000 (presently ₹ 19,000) for second year. Likewise, stipend for those doing specialty studies in medicine has also been increased, with the maximum being ₹30,000.
    Upgradation of medical college hospitals
    While medical college hospitals in Tiruchirappalli and Tirunelveli and Government Queen Maternity Hospital at Pudukkottai would be upgraded at Rs 60 crore, dialysis, diagnosis and diabetes centres would be set up in all government medical college hospitals and district hospitals, Jayalalithaa said, adding MRI and CT scan machines would also be installed.
    While the General Hospital in Chennai would have a new multi-storey building at ₹50 crore for outpatients, kidney surgery, kidney medicine and physiotherapy departments, the government would also start new taluk level hospitals in 10 taluks in the first phase at ₹25 crore, she said.
    A sum of ₹32.81 crore would be allocated to improve the infrastructure of general hospitals in 15 district headquarters. ₹31.65 crore would be spent to improve facilities in 12 other district hospitals.
    New government medical college in Karur district
    A new government medical college would be started in Karur district, the Chief Minister announced, while Reverse Osmosis Water Plant would be installed in 315 government hosptials across the state.
    Digital x-ray equipment would be provided to 12 government hospitals at ₹13.20 crore and C-arm x-ray equipment would be given to 31 government hospitals at ₹9.30 crore, she said.
    While eight primary health centres would be upgraded as 30-bedded facilities at ₹18.52 crore this year, ₹21.67 crore has been allocated to construct primary health centres in rural areas.
    The Chief Minister said hostel buildings worth ₹6 crore would be constructed for Madras Medical College.

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