For the need and fulfilling the seats for graduate and post graduate seats in medicine, the government is planning to liberalise its approval criteria.
The criteria of approving will be liberalized in both government medical colleges and private medical colleges as per the Health Minister Harsh Vardhan. He told that they realize the need of medical colleges. Realising this, the criteria for approving medical colleges both in government and private colleges has been liberalized he said. Moreover, the members of the newly constituted Parliamentary Consultative Committee of Health Ministry had their first meeting.
Despite the Supreme Court quashing the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) mooted by the Medical Council of India in 2013, the Centre is still keen on it and a review petition has been filed before the apex court.
As per the news, Mehbooba Mufti of PDP urged the government to provide affordable and quality health care to masses by starting medical insurance for the poor and a “drug bank”, which will store important medicines. This is an official statement made by him.
The National Health Assurance Mission, will be launched soon. It will have the insurance component and the government would pay the premiums for people below the poverty line. Moreover, he said the people who are above the poverty line will be linked to low premium schemes. The government would negotiate on the behalf of them with the medical insurance companies.
Besides Mufti, Rekha Verma of BJP agreed for trauma centres should be set up in states as their economies depend a lot on highways where accidents are frequent.
P.K. Sreemathi Teacher of CPI (M) and P. Venugopal of AIADMK highlighted the “successes” of health schemes in their states Kerala and Tamil Nadu, respectively, and called for incorporating them at the national level.