To treat patients in emergencies, medical facilities that will charge patients Rs 1 will come up at five Central Railway (CR) stations in about two months. These clinics will provide emergency treatments to the railway passengers as well as for routine illness 24×7.
The railways will provide space free of cost and a clinic has agreed to extend medical services at one rupee. The clinics will be handled by MBBS doctors regularly who will treat patients with a minimal fee of Rs 1; apart from regular MBBS doctors, visiting doctors like specialists in skin disease, diabetes and gynecology will also be available. In addition to this, a pathology lab will be set up offering tests at a discount and pharmacists will sell medicines at discounted rates.
The Emergency Medical Rooms (ERMs) charging one rupee for treatments will be set up at Kurla, Ghatkopar, Mulund, Wadala and Dadar stations within next two months and 15 more stations depending on when the first set is ready. EMRs are being set up at various stations of CR and Western Railway on the direction of the high court. The CR has adopted a public-private partnership (PPP) model to do this. Thus, CR will not pay anything, and will only provide water, electricity and space. The other expenses, primarily on manpower and equipment, have to be borne by the agency setting up the facility for which they are allowed to set up private practice or even a pharmacy.
Apart from being so affordable, these clinics will prove to be helpful to passengers on transit and will also be helpful during emergency situations.