Indian Railway is an organization with about 64,500 km of track covering almost all parts of India and employing about 14 lacs of employees. The railway has committed to providing comprehensivehealth care services to its employees, their families and other beneficiaries. To cater to the health needs of the beneficiaries of railway health care, the railway has a huge health organization withall levels of health care viz Primary, Secondary, Tertiary healthcareservices at field level, divisional level and zonal level respectivelyand referral services to outside agencies as well.
Need for the Study:
In 1997, the ministry of railway felt that there is a need for thereorganization of the railway by forming nine newer zones for effective administration by decentralization. Two of the nine newzones have already started functioning from October 2002.Remaining seven zones start functioning from April 2003. Since thenew zones are being formed, there may be a need for new hospitals atzonal level for second level referral services.