Post Budget Quote on Healthcare sector - Dr. P. M. Bhujang, President, Association of Hospitals
"Healthcare is one of the major sectors which requires additional focus in India as public health spending in India is one of the lowest in the world, an ironic reality is that public health systems are unable to utilize the meagre budgets allocated to them. Few points highlighted in the Union Budget 2017 for the healthcare sector like eradication of major disease like Tuberculosis, Measles, Kala Azar, and Filariasis is a major necessity. Also the provision of 1.5 lakhs health centres and health sub-centres to be created to improvise the quality service will surely help in the betterment of the healthcare sector if implemented and funded properly, says" , Dr. P. M. Bhujang, President, Association of Hospitals".
"Apart from the budget being helpful for the rural development; few concerns which should have had more focus were the infrastructure required in hospitals. If you check the statics there are hardly beds available for the number of patients in the hospitals. The number of nurses and doctors are also very less in private as well as government hospitals. The decision in opening new AIIMS in Jharkhand and Gujarat is a good step but only restricting to these two cannot match the number of doctors and nurses required in India", he further added.