Network Expansion of Medical Colleges in India

On Sunday, the Finance Minister of India, Arun Jaitley, while delivering a speech at 43rd annual convocation of AIIMS, said that the network of medical colleges in the country is set for expansion in a big way.

The Union government is all set to expand the network of medical colleges in the country with an aim to reduce the burden of the number of patients in All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS).  On Sunday, the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley pushed for the relaxation in medical colleges and the municipal norms to attain the desired goals.

While addressing the students and the faculty, he also said, “We need more medical colleges. Both public and private sector education has expanded. But medical colleges are still inadequate. A review of the policy is required as far as increasing the number of medical schools is concerned.”

Arun Jaitley who is also the Minister for Information and Broadcasting, opined that over involvement in the past had led to a great crisis for AIIMS and asked the health ministry to play to a helpful and encouraging role without getting into the micro-management of the institution. He also focused on the fact that the medical colleges attach a huge importance to the promotion of high-quality tertiary care services and the growth of medical education in the country. He said, “We need to expand quality institutions. There are many restraints like unavailability of contiguous land and inability to have medical colleges next to it. All this needs a serious review. We have ready-made hospitals of excellence which have worked for decades and there is no reason why, by relaxing municipal laws and medical council regulations, we are not able to encourage the expansion of a few hundred more medical colleges in India.”

The Minister also announced the recognition of AIIMS as an ‘Institute of National Eminence’ and said 100% tax exemption would be available for any voluntary donation made to the premier institute.

“Doctors command a very high respect. However, this position is rapidly getting eroded. The increasing numbers of cases against doctors in consumer courts and dissatisfaction expressed by patients issues that need to be addressed,” he said.