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Montek Singh pitches for FDI in medical education
01 Dec 2011

The Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia has pitched for opening up of the medical education sector to foreign direct investment (FDI) to increase the supply of professionals, including doctors and nursing staff.

"My view is that opening up (medical education) to private (investment) sector is crucial... and wherever private investment is allowed, I have no problem with foreign investment," said Ahluwalia on the sidelines of a Health Summit organised by CII.

He further added, "If the private sector is going to set up 10,000 beds over the next few years, then you have a chance that 30 medical schools could be created."

Montek highlighted that with the present number of medical institutions in the country, it is not possible to produce half a million doctors in the next few years, which is the need of the hour.

"At present, you cannot run a medical university unless you are a society or a trust. If you have a major corporate hospital and want to run a medical school, it is not allowed. Is that a good idea?ā€¯ he asked.

Terming the law prescribing that only trust or societies can run a medical school in the country as an obsolete idea in the present context, Ahluwalia stressed, "Generally people want more doctors. But nobody is focusing attention on what specific relaxation is needed if you really want (to produce) more doctors." 

[Source: Indian Express]

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P.M Mathew
03 Dec 2011

What is required is a realistic health manpower strategy at the macro level.We need to have a strategy taking in to account the priorities of the country.It is important to think on issues like moonlighting and brain drain.Are we going to use our scarce resources to train health manpower like doctors and nurses to be supplied to other countries?Or will the foreign investors have any other interests other than their profit?Investment in human capital in the health sector is not like other investments.Questions of equity,efficiency,and sustainability have to be borne in mind

A.Ramakrishna
03 Dec 2011

there is no need for FDIs in any professional education. strengthen the local institutions and give incentives to the teaching professionals to achieve set targets. in my opinion there is no need for foreign investments . instead you can invite eminent NRIs to participate in developing the professional education

A.Ramakrishna
03 Dec 2011

i personally feel this is not required at all. instead strengthen the local systems including government organisations. no government medical college run operated hospitals have good facilities. strengthen them with additional facilities of international standards. give suitable incentives to the teaching faculty. you can see a sea of change in professional education.

Fr. Cyriac Thundiyil
03 Dec 2011

That only a society can run an educational institution should be done away with. Let companies run institutions. Let not government interfere in their running.

Prof Mohd Muzammil
02 Dec 2011

Its good to produce doctors in large number by inviting foreign capital. But more quantity is only one aspect. Quality (excellence) is more important and in case of physicians and surgeons, the moral commitment is an integral part of the 'quality'.
We really need in India 'more' and 'more humane' doctors!

Prof. (Dr) Binayak Rath
02 Dec 2011

With the help of the experiences gained by me as Vice Chancellor of one of the oldest University , viz. Utkal University for last three years where there are four affiliating medical colleges, two Ayurved, two Homeopathy and eight nursing colleges, I fully support the proposition of FDI flow to the Health sector in a PPP mode because the medical education needs expansion to ensure access, equity and excellence. In fact, our existing private as well as Government medical colleges should look forward to foreign collaboration. If private medical colleges and para medical institutions are maintaining good quality in USA and other advanced countries why can not we adopt their model with a focus on R&D. This can be best possible with FDI flow to the Health sector.
Binayak Rath

Laxmikanth
02 Dec 2011

Some where there should be committed collaboration with public service to reach best medical service for a common person at affordable price.

dr. m.m.musthafa
02 Dec 2011

I wonder on his statement. I think he is thinking only in terms of money coming to india for the moment. Now itself the condition of medical education is pathetic. After completing MBBS they have to work for meager amount of salary and after completing PG only the get an identity and recognition. The they have to squeeze the patient in line with the management for their sustenance. Then where is the scope of jobs?
There arre many more fields of FDI in industry and technology which will be beneficial for both India and the investors

DR.T.E.PARTHASARATHY
02 Dec 2011

THE GOVT.SHOULD STRENGTHEN INDIGENOUS SYSTEMS OF MEDICINE AND ENCOURAGE COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH WITH FDI SUPPORT TO PROMOTE PUBLIC HEALTH AS A FIRST STEP.