It is a known fact that the Indian healthcare chronically suffers from the shortage of manpower. Moreover, the said shortage becomes glaringly visible when it comes to specialist and super-specialist professionals.
To ensure adequate availability of specialist doctors to strength the secondary and tertiary level health care, the Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley, while presenting the Budget 2017 was seen making announcing measures to ensure the availability of specialist doctors at Secondary and Tertiary care hospitals. For the same, the minister announced to take to steps to create ad additional 5000 PG seats per annum. Steps will be taken to
- Start DNB courses in big district hospitals
- Strengthen PG training in select ESIC and Municipal Corporation hospitals and
- Encourage reputed private hospitals to take up DNB courses
The minister announced that the central government would work with the state government to take this task forward.
Besides this, the Budget 2017 was seen highlighting the government’s commitment to bring into place reforms in the medical education sector as was earlier highlighted by the Niti Ayog appointed committee.
The government is also committed to take the necessary steps for structural transformation of the regulatory framework of the medical education and practice in India
Needless to say, this alludes to the impending National Medical Commission Bill which is soon to be introduced in the parliament.