ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Cruel Treatment

The government and the Medical Council of India must get more serious about medical education.

One of the priority areas for strengthening healthcare in India is dealing with the low doctor to population ratio. While the World Health Organization suggests one doctor per 1,000 people, India’s ratio is as low as 1:1,428 and then 74% of these doctors serve in urban areas. The government has tried many measures to increase the number of doctors in the population. These include permitting the establishment of private medical colleges and encouraging institutions which give training in Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH).

The National Rural Health Mission had, as one of its objectives, the mainstreaming of AYUSH to fill the void in public health service delivery. In September 2014, the National Democratic Alliance government approved the launch of the National AYUSH Mission to fill the gaps in health services, especially in remote areas, and one of the components of the mission was supporting private education in the AYUSH systems.

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