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UP Plans To Convert 16 Government Hospitals Into Medical Colleges

LUCKNOW: Buoyed by the Union government’s plan to convert existing district hospitals into medical colleges through public-private partnership (PPP) mode, the state medical education department is readying a proposal to ensure at least one medical college in every district.

According to sources, as many as 16 districts in UP neither have a government nor a private medical college. Keeping this in view, the government has proposed to develop government hospital as medical college in these districts.

The proposal will be sent to the Medical Council of India (MCI) for relevant permissions. Presenting the Union Budget on February 1, Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said the shortage of medical professionals in the country would be addressed by converting existing district hospitals into medical colleges through PPP mode.

The plan, to be implemented in a phased manner, is likely to begin with Mahoba, Hamirpur, Muzaffarnagar and Sitapur.

Experts in medical education said the move would help in generating more teachers.

Data shows that UP faces an average 30% shortage in faculty positions across medical colleges. While the deficit at centres like King George’s Medical University (KGMU) may fall in 15-20% category, shortage of teachers at new medical colleges is about 60-65%. According to World Health Organisation (WHO), there should be one doctor on a population of 1,000.

An estimate by Provincial Medical Health Association (PMHA), Uttar Pradesh, reveals there is one doctor on a population of 18,000 in the state. “Investing in land and resources all the time is cost intensive but developing a government hospital is easier and cheaper. The move will make things easier for us,” a senior official said.-Times Of India

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