Shortage of doctors: Experts seek new strategies

Dr Sudarshan Ballal
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Dr Sudarshan Ballal, President, NatHealth

On the occasion of National Doctor’s Day, healthcare experts have given a Clarion Call to accelerate the pace of overcoming the shortage of doctors in the country through new strategies and regulations. Restructuring medical education, private participation, and adoption of new technologies can help in bridging the gap, they say.

According to them, the shortage of doctors should be addressed through increasing the capacity of Diplomate of National Board (DNB) seats and streamlined integration of overseas medical graduates.

According to NATHEALTH Aarogya Bharat Report, India is currently facing a gigantic shortage of nearly two million doctors and four million nurses. Available human resource and health infrastructure are highly uneven in terms of rural and urban areas.

“Inequitable distribution of skilled healthcare workers results in inequity in providing quality healthcare to all.  Rapidly growing healthcare sector is expected to generate a demand for 15 million to 20 million new jobs for doctors, nurses and allied health professionals in India by 2025,” the report claimed.

“In order to cope with this shortage of doctors, NATHEALTH has recommended a slew of reforms like increasing the capacity of DNB seats, upgradation of district hospitals with a medical college on PPP model and building infrastructure for model villages and blocks in order to recruit and retain fresh talent at rural level,” said Dr Sudarshan Ballal, President, NatHealth.

“The government needs to prioritize areas with a critical shortage of specialised personnel, along with regulations that enable private participation in medical education. To fulfill the dream of ‘Swastha Bharat’, efforts to bridge the supply gap must be at the top of the country’s National Health Agenda,” he added.


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