Inter-Ministerial Talks Begin on Allied Healthcare
Govt plans to regulate & create institutional structure that can generate 65 lakh jobs
New Delhi: The health ministry has started inter-ministerial consulations to regulate allied healthcare professions like radiological services, nutritionists and physiotherapists to potentially create an institutional structure that can generate nearly 65 lakh jobs.
The move is expected to bridge the demand supply gap of allied health professionals, ensure minimum standards for imparting education to the experts while bringing in checks on exorbitant costs incurred on these services because India has a shortage of around 6.4 million allied health professionals.
A senior government official told ET that the ministry has circulated the draft bill that proposes to establish a Central Healthcare Council to standardise and regulate allied healthcare professions.
“The bill aims to regulate over 50 types of allied and healthcare professionals as well as set standards for their education and practices,” the official said.
The draft bill proposes separate state councils to implement the standards set by the central council besides a mechanism for oversight of institutions, curricula of such courses as well as imposing penalties for non- compliance of statutory provisions stated in the draft Bill. Once approved by the concerned ministries and NITI Aayog, the draft bill will go to the Cabinet for approval after which it would be tabled in Parliament to enact a law.
This is one of the several sweeping measures under consideration by the BJP-led NDA government to clean the country’s medical education system.
The draft National Medical Commission Bill that seeks to replace the Medical Council of India has been readied for Cabinet’s approval. Besides, two separate bills are being prepared to regulate educa- LABOUR MIN AIMS TO BRIDGE DEMAND-SUPPLY GAP OF ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
Move will ensure minimum standards for imparting education to the pros 6.4 million
It will also keep tab on exorbitant costs incurred on these services tion in homeopathy and Ayurveda.
The work on regulating the allied healthcare professions started way back in 2012 when health ministry under the National Initiative for Allied Health Sciences proposed an overarching regulating body for allied health professionals excluding doctors, nurses, dentists and pharmacists and standardization of allied health education.
Allied health professionals (AHPs) include individuals involved with the delivery of health or related services, with expertise contributing in therapeutic, diagnostic, curative, preventive and rehabilitative interventions.
They work in interdisciplinary health teams including physicians (all medical professionals including specialists, nurses and public health officials to promote, protect, treat and/or manage a person’s physical, mental, social, emotional, environmental health and holistic well-being.
AHPs play a critical role and are the support pillars of the healthcare team as numerous professionals are trained to handle specific health problems and provide services in their area of expertise through comprehensive assessment and diagnosis and/or treatment. Allied healthcare professionals are estimated to comprise at least 40% healthcare workforce.
India has a shortage of around 6.4 m allied health professionals