Delhi and adjacent areas are facing a shortage of over 12,500 qualified doctors due to high attrition rate and to overcome it, recruitments should be made on priority basis, a study by an industrial body said. Hospitals, run by government and by charitable trusts, in and around Delhi are experiencing acute shortage of qualified doctors, according to estimates of the Health Committee of Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM). “The shortage has more than doubled and gone up to over 12,500 against 6,000,” the study said. Before 2000, about 3,200 doctors were treating around one crore patients in various government and charitable trust-run hospitals in and around the national capital. The committee, headed by B K Rao chairman of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and assisted by H K Chopra chief cardiologist in Moolchand Medicity, found that now about 5,500 doctors are taking care of over one crore patients. Releasing the estimates, ASSOCHAM general secretary D S Rawat said, “presently leading governments like AIIMS, RML, Safdarjung, Guru Teg Bahadur, Jaiprakash Narayan Hospital and other leading charitable trust run hospitals like Sir Ganga Ram have around 10,000 doctors on their payrolls, who caters to Delhi’s 1.3 crore population.” But due to huge inflow of patients from neighbouring states like Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, the number of doctors is inadequate, he added. To overcome this shortage of 12,500 doctors, the committee has recommended for their recruitment on priority basis.