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The private hospital sector in Chennai is tried to increase the number of beds to 25% (around 3,000 beds) in the mid-2012.
But experts need to increase this to meet the global standards. Only half of the number will be used by Chennai people. The rest are used by people across Tamil Nadu, India and other country. Based on the statistical report from hospital research groups, Chennai has 12,500 beds in hospitals.

Chennai has around 2.1 beds per 1,000 populations which is more than other popular cities. Chennai is better than Mumbai
(0.8), Kolkata (0.8), Delhi (1.4), Hyderabad (1.5) and Bangalore (2.1). But World Health Organization has 3 beds per 1,000
patients. Chennai is still at the back when compared to World Health Organization. NJ Gowrishankar, HSB Consultancy said,
“This is unavoidable because most doctors work in cities and people believe treatment and care in city hospitals are
superior to those in rural areas”.

A hospital with 1,500 beds in Vadapalani is the main plan of Fortis Group in 2012. Apollo Hospital is also planning to
increase the number of beds in 2012. MIOT and Global Hospitals are also planning to increase the beds and they are going
to allot 150 beds for cancer therapy.  Chandra Sekhar, executive director of Global Hospitals said, “Apart from the 500 beds
on campus, we are planning two 100-bed hospitals in the city to act as feeder services for the main hospital”. He also added,
“Only 50% of patients are from Chennai. There are people from west, centre and other parts of South India besides those
from abroad”. Dr Ravindranath, Chairman of Global Hospitals said, “Many doctors want to come back because of the good
infrastructure and greater volume of patients in India”.

Chennai private hospitals expects to increase its bed by mid-2012:
Originally published on: All India Today

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