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Shortage of Allopathic Doctors: Health Ministry Statistics


Shortage of Allopathic Doctors: Health Ministry Statistics

Recently, through a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State ( Independent Charge) Smt Anupriya Patel informed about the Shortage of Allopathic Doctors.

Ministry Statistics revealed that there are currently 25,650 Active Primary health centers across the country. Of them, 1974 PHCs are without any medical practitioner. The shortage of female medical practitioners at the rural level is more blatant with 6611 PHCs out of 25650 PHCs not having a female doctor. The statistics also revealed 9183 PHCs are functioning without a lab technician whereas 4744 centers do not have any pharmacist.

Following are the details state-wise distribution of PHCs and their shortages

NUMBER OF PHCs WITH DOCTORS AND WITHOUT DOCTOR/LAB TECHNICIAN/PHARMACIST

 

(As on 31st March, 2017)

Number of PHCs functioning

S. No.

State/UT

Total

with 4+

with 3

with 2

with 1

without

without

without

with

PHCs

functioning

doctors

doctors

doctors

doctor

doctor

lab tech.

pharma.

lady

doctor

1

Andhra Pradesh

1147

11

31

476

629

0

364

329

518

2

Arunachal Pradesh

143

3

6

27

81

40

55

55

36

3

Assam

1014

67

63

182

626

76

87

110

183

4

Bihar

1899

439

41

56

1363

0

256

201

156

5

Chhattisgarh

785

0

6

71

318

390

303

185

66

6

Goa

24

5

7

9

3

0

0

0

18

7

Gujarat

1392

0

0

0

1392

0

0

0

516

8

Haryana #

366

3

22

97

187

57

144

106

110

9

Himachal Pradesh

538

0

3

20

469

69

446

229

95

10

Jammu & Kashmir

637

71

96

169

180

121

294

62

239

11

Jharkhand

297

1

1

40

147

108

204

207

37

12

Karnataka

2359

0

14

169

1973

203

507

531

627

13

Kerala

849

1

110

47

694

0

610

0

460

14

Madhya Pradesh

1171

4

17

180

577

393

525

382

119

15

Maharashtra

1814

0

0

1382

432

0

446

152

516

16

Manipur

85

54

14

10

6

1

33

19

53

17

Meghalaya

109

0

12

55

41

1

2

3

47

18

Mizoram

57

0

0

4

48

5

0

1

18

19

Nagaland

126

0

0

20

89

17

87

44

30

20

Odisha

1280

0

1

673

520

86

1239

134

507

21

Punjab

432

15

18

121

240

38

149

38

184

22

Rajasthan

2079

0

30

319

1563

167

669

1526

188

23

Sikkim

24

0

0

3

21

0

2

12

10

24

Tamil Nadu

1362

204

90

871

197

0

630

221

908

25

Telangana

689

20

13

269

387

0

48

31

390

26

Tripura

93

23

16

45

9

0

15

2

43

27

Uttarakhand

257

3

8

61

122

63

191

21

58

28

Uttar Pradesh

3621

26

88

735

2772

0

1252

0

319

29

West Bengal

914

2

12

169

592

139

623

143

112

30

A& N Islands

22

2

10

9

1

0

1

0

13

31

Chandigarh

3

0

1

1

2

0

0

0

2

32

D & N Haveli

9

0

0

9

0

0

0

0

5

33

Daman & Diu

4

0

2

0

2

0

0

0

2

34

Delhi

5

1

2

1

1

0

1

0

4

35

Lakshadweep

4

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

36

Puducherry

40

1

18

5

16

0

0

0

19

All India1/ Total

25650

958

752

6305

15700

1974

9183

4744

6611

Note:

NA: Not Available.

1

For calculating the overall percentages, the States/UTs for which manpower position is not available, are excluded



Source: self
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  1. Getting a degree MBBS is for social status, money car, bungalow for most, may be not for few .One of my friend resigned such job. And at the same time Govt policies. Dr are needed for treating patient they should be utilized for that rather than teaching on full time basis anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, biophysics microbiology, Humanities & Community Medicine, Forensic Medicine including Toxicology and Hospital management, and few other practices where Dr. can play major roles when surgical interventions and clinical opinion soughed, not to waste their trained skills working as Allied health graduates. It is very common in other countries including US, Indian Post Doc in the field of Bio sciences, Biomedical and pharms, they are good scientist and teachers as well. Their research and understanding of that particular areas are much better than anyone, off course not for treating patient, they can be involve in the team of teacher if competent , but they are Dalit as MCI rather than signing report.

  2. The shortage can be addressed by asking every MD to practice, Atleast general practice outside their core area of speciality. As far as post Doc\’s are concerned, they have good experience with research and should do research for India and try to build an research infrastructure here in India. Even though India attracts patients from abroad, the research aspect is so far behind, the scientists need to do more and the government should do more to help them. Managing a research lab should be their responsibility, however the medical laboratories should always be in the hands of Medical doctors.

  3. The situation will deteriorate more in rural areas in coming years.Population is rising.Opening of new medical colleges & increasing number of medical seats in existing medical colleges will necessitate recruitment of huge number of doctors .More & more private hospitals are opened in cities. Now it will be stupendous task before the govt to cater the needs rural healthcare.Govt has to find ways & means.

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    Dharmendra Kumar March 25, 2018, 9:53 am

    According to constitution of India all govt posts are based on population right from a police constable to Member of Parliament. Administrative hierarchy is also population based. Regarding access to health , health system is presently more or less situated according to administrative hierarchy barring few community health centre and refferel centre and is working in old fashioned mode of Bhore commitee reports. There is need of 200 bed hospitals at district level hospital and 100 bed hospital at subdivisional and refferal centre to cater the primary health care as well as mid level secondary care by thease hospital . calculation os statistics of male and female Doctors is at present not necessary according to services providrd at these centre regarding ante natal, natal and post partum services as ANM are there to assist Doctors. First of all there is need of a functional working medical system after that load can be assessed to increase THE POST or erection of new community centre.

  5. The major problem is rural healthcare.Even the most serious problem is healthcare in remote & hazardous areas.Figure given by the govt shows that states with more rural population are the worst sufferers.