Earlier, we had only one AIIMS (hospital) in New Delhi catering to the needs of the entire country. Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee felt the need of having more such hospitals to handle the pressure of critical and tertiary care and announced to open six more AIIMS in the country. One AIIMS was allotted to Rajasthan.
We have identified 58 government medical colleges across the country and the Government of India is trying to upgrade them into super specialty hospitals within a time frame. We are committed to open 18 new AIIMS and out of them six have been already inaugurated. Moreover, the foundation of three others will be laid down soon. We have invited proposal from the state governments in this regard.
Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s target is to provide free and accessible healthcare to all. The health ministry under his visionary leadership is taking all necessary steps to ensure quality healthcare services in every nook and corner of the country. I am proud to say that efficient services are being delivered to the public using IT in the country’s remotest areas.
There is an acute shortage of doctors in India. By 2017, 10,000 MBBS seats will be added in the medical colleges across the country. The number of seats will be increased through the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET).