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A hospital bed for every 2,000 indians under health scheme

Hospital/health centre not more 30 minutes away with 30 vital services — from diagnostics to dialysis — and a hospital bed for every 2,000 Indians is what the government aims to provide over the next five years.

delhi Updated: Sep 26, 2012 00:52 IST
Chetan Chauhan

From economy to health sector, Big Bang reforms seem to be the way to go.

Hospital/health centre not more 30 minutes away with 30 vital services — from diagnostics to dialysis — and a hospital bed for every 2,000 Indians is what the government aims to provide over the next five years.

The National Health Mission, which will cost 73% of the health ministry’s Rs. 3,33,018-crore allocation for the 12th plan (2012-2017), would likely to be launched next fiscal, sources said.

The ministry will seek the cabinet’s nod for the country's biggest public health programme, billed as a stepping stone to universal health coverage by 2022.

The government wants “uniformity” in health services to cut debt burden. “Health is the primary reason for indebtness for 65 % of the population,” a recent government survey said.

General surgery, free medicines, dialysis and blood banks are among the 30 services that hospitals will provide.

Substantial funds will be made available to the states to create health infrastructure, manpower and systems to meet the new targets.

"The objective will be to achieve a minimum of 500 beds per 10 lakh population in a district," says the NHM blueprint, accessed by HT. At present, there are around 250 beds for every 10 lakh Indians.

It would ensure that no one would travel for more than half-an-hour to get medical help, a government official said on condition of anonymity.

Health education overhaul is also planned to ensure 450 health workers for every one lakh people by 2017 from the existing 190.

The Medical Council of India has agreed to allow colleges with adequate infrastructure to admit 250 students a year and start a three-year bachelors of sciences course in community health.