To address the need for skilled manpower in the healthcare sector the Skilled Development Ministry and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare have inked a pact. Other than skilling youth so as to increase their employability, the MoU shall also seek to upgrade the quality and reach of human and infrastructural resources.
According to Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge), as per NSDC report, the healthcare sector employs around 36 lakh employees and is slated to employ more than 74 lakhs by 2022 which is more than double its existing workforce to meet the market demand.
Hence, there is an incremental human resource requirement of 39.93 lakh people which will collectively address, he added.
As per reports, JP Nadda, Minister of Health and Family Welfare said that the National Healthcare Policy 2015 clearly puts the focus back to the quality, affordability and availability of healthcare in the country. He also said that it is only possible when we have advanced and innovative technology, supporting available infrastructure and a powerful trained and skilled workforce to support the requirements.
The official statement released stated that some of the outcomes expected from the agreement are to significantly increase the present capabilities in health sector to a minimum of one lakh trainees and make significant savings of public resources by leveraging existing infrastructure of government and private healthcare institutions.The agreement will also help explore pooling of financial resources of two departments and allow for international partnerships to provide grater financial muscle to the programme and create a framework of certification by Health Sector Skill Council of select job roles and for absorption of the trainees in the health sector.