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‘India Need Minimum Amount Of Medical Standards In Tier 1, Tier 2 Cities’

A lot of medical colleges who do not have adequate faculty could tap into the resources of private hospitals

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Urging for minimum medical standards in Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities, Dr Sanjeev Bagai, Vice Chairman and Director, Manipal Hospital, says a great amount of work can be undertaken between government and the private medical healthcare setups regarding this.

Speaking at the 4th edition of BW Businessworld Healthcare Summit & Awards, Dr Bagai talked about the balance between public and private sector in Indian healthcare system.

“For instance a lot of medical colleges who do not have adequate faculty could tap into the resources of private hospitals. Most of the doctors working as consultants in private hospitals have done their graduation and post-graduation from government hospitals. So we could tap into the resources as far as manpower is concerned,” said Dr Bagai.

He goes on to mention how a lot of private medical set ups could have a base not only for D&B teaching programs but also MD and MS, like in teaching colleges. Dr Bagai strongly urged for rationalisation in the moment of crisis like dengue and H1N1 infections, where there could be better utilisation of beds, equipment and manpower.

Elaborating further on public private partnership, Dr Bagai says how a lot of work still needs to be done on the medical education front.

“We are in a need of huge number of medical seats across the country, to begin with. Second, comparing north and south India, we need to bring parity in distribution of colleges spread in the country,” says Dr Bagai, who also touched upon the accreditation in technology and minimum amount of standards in Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities.

The 4th edition of BW Businessworld Healthcare Summit & Awards kick started with dignitaries from across the country deliberating on the plight of Indian healthcare system and the growing challenges.

K Chandramouli, Former health secretary, Government of India, spoke extensively regarding the most important aspect of Indian healthcare in India- Accessibility and Affordability, especially in context of rural healthcare.

“Providing rural healthcare is a huge challenge in any country. Having said that, over the years when we began our journey we had zero health provision for rural India. Today, infrastructure has not grown in rural India as much as we would like it to but it is not what it was years back, in a good light.

He also mentions how the burden of population has led to institutions like AIIMS to become a ‘Hospital’ from ‘Super Speciality Hospital’, “Trains come loaded with people from places like Gorakhpur to Delhi AIIMS for treatment and being a government entity it cannot turn down people”, said Mouli, also touching upon the lack of healthcare infrastructure at the periphery of the big cities for the masses.

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