India Needs 5 Lakh Medical Specialists: NITI Aayog

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In its 'Strategy for New India @75’ report, NITI Aayog has recommended that India needs around five lakh medical specialists.

Of the 1,830 faculty posts across six All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), approximately 583 (31 per cent) had been filled up until July 2017.

As of March 2017, there were 10.23 lakh allopathic doctors registered with the MCI or state medical councils, according to the report.


National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill 2017

NITI Aayog has also suggested that the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2017 should be introduced.

The think tank of the government has observed that regulatory bodies, such as the Medical Council of India and the Nursing Council of India, have failed to ensure adequate availability and quality of health professionals.


Revamp the nursing education

NITI Aayog has recommended the revamping of the regulatory system of nursing education to ensure quality training in nursing schools.

It has also stressed on developing centres of excellence in nursing and enhancing the stature of government nurses.


Importing doctors from abroad

The quality of health professional training and adherence to standards is sub-optimal, including in the private sector.

- NITI Aayog


According to a PTI report, Aayog has suggested a patter of conditions to facilitate import of doctors, especially those of Indian origin working abroad.

"We should also deploy teachers from universities abroad as visiting professors at AIIMS or NIEs while linking at least 40 per cent of district hospitals with medical colleges,'' recommended NITI Aayog in its report.


Deploying doctors from private to government hospitals

The think tank of government has also recommended that there should also be a deployment of doctors and specialists from the private sector to government hospitals on a visiting or honorary basis.

We should also expand the system of Diplomate of National Board (DNB) and Diplomas from College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPS).


Fewer doctors and nurses in rural areas

NITI Aayog has also observed that urban areas have four times as many doctors and three times as many nurses as compared to rural areas.

Workforce shortages and uneven distribution of doctors, nurses, specialists and allied health professionals plagued the sector


Updated curriculum for medical professions

NITI Aayog has also suggested that we should also have an updated curriculum for medical and allied professions that keep pace with the changing dynamics of public health, policy, and demographics.


About the report

NITI Aayog has released the 'Strategy for New India @75’, its comprehensive national 'Strategy for New India' which defines clear objectives for 2022-23.

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