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Shortage of health workers in India: Government

Posted on Feb 22, 03:27PM | IBNS

New Delhi, Feb 22 : Union Health & Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday said there is a shortage of health and allied health professionals in India.

"As per the Report of the Steering Committee on Health for the 12th Five Year Plan of the Planning Commission, we have only 19 health workers (doctors, nurses & midwives) per 10,000 people in India as against WHO norms of 25 per 10,000 people," Azad said in the Lok Sabha on Friday.

"Additionally, there are 7.9 Lakh AYUSH practitioners registered in the country (approx. 6.5 per 10,000)," he said.

"As per the 12th Five Year Plan document of the Planning Commission, we have 241 health personnel against one Lakh population in India," the minister said.

Azad said the government has already taken a large number of steps to reduce the shortage of health and allied health professionals in the country which include:

i. Relaxation in the norms for setting up of a medical college in terms of requirement for land, faculty, staff, bed/ bed strength and other infrastructure.

ii. Enhancement of maximum intake capacity at MBBS level from 150 to 250.

iii. Relaxation in teacher - student ratio to increase the seats at Postgraduate level.

iv. Enhancement of age limit for appointment/ extension/re-employment against posts of teachers/dean/principal/director in medical colleges from 65-70 years.

v. Financial support to State medical colleges, under the scheme of "Strengthening and Upgradation of State Government Medical Colleges", to increase postgraduate seats in various disciplines or to start new postgraduate medical courses.

vi. Financial assistance to strengthen and upgrade the schools and colleges of nursing, pharmacy and paramedics.

vii. Establishment of eight AIIMS-like institutions (six in first phase and two in second phase) in the country under PMSSY.
vii. Establishment of 6 colleges of nursing at sites of AIIMS like institutions being set up under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yozana (PMSSY).

viii. Establishment of one National Institutes of Paramedical Sciences (NIPS) at Najafgarh, Delhi and eight Regional Institutes of Paramedical Sciences (RIPS) at Chandigarh, Coimbatore, Bhopal, Nagpur, Bhubneshwar, Hyderabad, Lucknow and in Bihar under a Centrally Sponsored Scheme.

ix. Norms to start B. Sc. (Nursing) & M. Sc. (Nursing) have been relaxed.

xi. Admission for Nursing allowed for married candidates.