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What are ESIC hospitals and does J&K need them?

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New Delhi, April 18: Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), established by ESI Act, is an autonomous corporation under Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India.

As it is a legal entity, the corporation can raise loans and take measures for discharging such loans with prior sanction of the central government and it can acquire both movable and immovable property and all incomes from the property shall vest with the corporations. 

The corporation can set up hospitals either independently or in collaboration with state government or other private entities, but most of the dispensaries and hospitals are run by concerned state governments.

Outpatient medical facilities are available in 1,398 ESI dispensaries and through 1,678 private medical practitioners. Inpatient care is available in 145 ESI hospitals and 42 hospital annexes with a total of 19,387 beds.

But, such is not the case with (ESIC) Hospital in J&K at Bari Brahmana in Samba district as it lacks space to admit more number of patients, mostly workers employed in various industries in the area.

The ESIC Jammu has a capacity of only 50 beds and patients have to wait for days for their turn to get treatment.

Sources said all workers are not able to get the treatment in the hospital following to its limited capacity.

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