The Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that the imbalance growth of medical colleges and institutions in the country is affecting the delivery of better health care to the people of country.
The minister told in the Lok Sabha in a written reply, “There is imbalanced growth of medical colleges and institutions and availability of medical specialists in the country is affecting the delivery of health care to people across the country”.
He said that the health ministry has reviewed regulations of the Medical Council of India (MCI) for setting up of medical colleges and in order to address the geographic and rural-urban imbalance of medical institutions, amendments have been made.
He added that medical colleges can be set up in two separate piece of land at a distance of not more than 10 km in hilly areas and notified tribal areas, North-eastern states and Union territories of Andaman and Nicobar islands, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Lakshadweep.
He further said that there is a centrally-sponsored scheme for establishment of new medical colleges attached with existing district hospitals.
In the recently announced Union Budget, the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had proposed setting up of five new IIMs at Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha and Maharashtra. Also, setting up of four All India Institutes of Management and five Indian Institutes of Technology had been proposed as well.