The public and private sectors within the healthcare sector of India have joined hands in dedicating service to the citizens of India. The statement was backed by an announcement made by Dr VK Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog, Government of India while he was speaking at the ‘FICCI HEAL 2019 – Health of Healthcare in India’, an event organised by FICCI supported by NITI Aayog and National Health Authority.
As part of his announcement he commented that drawing concentrated efforts in human resources for the health sector was the major focus of the government, which did not require to differentiate between private and public sectors. As part of the new plan, the government intended to establish 75 medical colleges in the next 4-5 years. These were to be formed largely on the basis of PPP models intended for district hospitals, in addition to other mechanisms. The new development is seen as a follow up to the development of 82 medical colleges, a project which began 5 years ago.
“Most important highlight of Ayushman Bharat is that it has now finally established ‘One India, one nation, one health sector’. Private-public demarcations are over once and for all. We are working together on agreed terms and methodologies through dialogue and systems with an endeavour to find solutions to the challenges of our healthcare system” noted VK Paul.
Furthermore he added that the various reforms in the health sector allowed a large association of private players to establish a medical college. This is different than the development of medical college in the past which was possible through a single entity. Furthermore, he also insisted private sectors to utilize their resources towards gaining specialist training experience which could further help in augmenting the number.