At the Transport Forum, Mikhail Mishustin was presented with the St. Panteleimon medical train, equipped with doctor’s offices and diagnostic equipment. According to the developers, the new train was designed and made from scratch, whereas previously medical trains were assembled from existing cars.
“St. Panteleimon” will consist of 14 cars: a radiology and functional diagnostics car, two therapeutic cars, a surgical car, a laboratory car, an office car and a registration car, two household cars for medical workers, a staff car, a power station car, a dining car and a carriage -shower.
Mishustin was told that work on the first medical train will be completed in the first quarter of 2024, and already in the second it should set off on its first flight to the Far East, where it will stop at stations remote from large populated areas .
“So, we’re waiting for the summer,” the prime minister said and suggested inviting members of the government to the launch ceremony.
First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov, who accompanied Mishustin, suggested that the ministers could attend at the same time diagnostics on the train. “There are no diagnostics, but you can go on a business trip,” the prime minister joked.
He recalled that the idea of creating a medical train appeared at the height of the pandemic, and is now close to implementation. “We’ll see how the financial model works,” Mishustin said, clarifying that the project is based on compulsory medical insurance prices.
The head of the Cabinet of Ministers emphasized that the launch of such a train will allow residents of hard-to-reach areas to receive modern and high-quality medical services and undergo medical examinations.