Dr VK Paul, the Niti Aayog Member Health and chairman of MCI Board of Governors has ascertained that the government has made provisions to increase the number of MBBS seats in medical education by 2024. This agenda was taken with the idea of attaining the required number of specialist doctors, which is, in fact, five times more difficult to attain. Further, he added that over 80,000 PG medical seats will be added in the coming year of 2024 with the inclusive proposal of private sector healthcare providers.

According to Mr VK Paul, India will have additional 2,500 new hospitals in the coming five years and thereby creating about 25 lakh additional jobs. Thus by 2024, India will meet the WHO norms of having one doctor per thousand patients.

At the launch event of the certificate course on

“Specialist Training To Tackle The Burden of NCDs” organised by FICCI, Dr VK Paul said: “ with the improvement in the ease of doing business in the private healthcare sector, new players will enter the sector which will not only create new employment opportunities but also provide better healthcare services.”

FICCI in association with NITI Aayog has been working on identifying alternative methods to strengthen the number of specialized doctors in the country can be scaled up due to high burden diseases and conditions. In this regard, FCCI went ahead and partnered with Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) to launch the Diabetes Certificate Course for General Practitioners (GP). This initiative was taken considering WHO statistics of 69.2 million Indians who are suffering from diabetes in 2015 and there is no good number of endocrinologists to deliver them with this specialized care.

Appreciating on this government’s efforts towards health, (Hony) Brig Dr. Arvind Lal, Chairman of FICCI Health Services Committee & CMD, Dr Lal Path Labs said that we often quote the British, US, Cuban, Thai and Indonesian models of healthcare, but with Ayushman Bharat a new model has emerged from the soil of India.

Basically, FICCI-ECHO Diabetes Certification Course for GPs is a 20-week program that will be initially taken up as a pilot project to give training to 100 GPs on the management of diabetic patients.