Monday, May 16, 2011

Corporates given a nod to start medical colleges

Addressing the 13th edition of national seminar on hospital, healthcare management and medico-legal systems at Symbiosis Internal University, Lavale, the Union health minister, Gulam Nabi Azad said the government is willing to promote public private partnership (PPP) in areas where an urgent need is felt and at present such need a being felt in for more medical institutions. Skilled manpower in the health sector is required and to bridge the supply gap a green signal is given to corporates for setting up medical colleges across the country.

The move is being regarded as an impressive stride in building infrastructure. Till now the government has not allowed the corporates to start medical colleges in India. More medical colleges mean more seats which will produce more medical professionals. All this can fill the demand and supply gap in the health sector. It is estimated that there are around 730,000 doctors and 930,000 nursing personnel,  but a large number of healthcare professionals are concentrated in urban and semi urban areas. So there is great shortage of health manpower at the grassroots level. 

Source: The Times of India

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