Faculty shortages may thwart India’s plans for more AIIMS-like institutions in every state

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 25 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4822
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. 1New Delhi

Medical academics have warned that a shortage of faculty staff could hamper efforts by the Indian government to establish new healthcare institutions modelled on the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, in every state.

In its annual budget for 2014-15 announced on 10 July, the government pledged Rs5bn (£49m; €62m; $83m) to start establishing AIIMS-like institutions in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal.1 And last month India’s health minister, Harsh Vardhan, wrote to 13 states—Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, and Tamil Nadu—asking them to allocate land for the proposed AIIMS-like institutions.

Vardhan, an otolaryngologist who holds the health portfolio in the new Bharatiya Janata Party led government elected in May, said that the AIIMS-like institutions will aim to “augment tertiary level healthcare and address shortfalls in health education” in each state. …

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