In­ter-Min­is­te­rial Talks Be­gin on Al­lied Health­care

Govt plans to reg­u­late & cre­ate in­sti­tu­tional struc­ture that can gen­er­ate 65 lakh jobs

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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

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