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Need to Start ‘Hospital Medicine’ in India: JP Nadda

File photo of Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Jagat Prakash Nadda

File photo of Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Jagat Prakash Nadda

With the growing need for improved healthcare infrastructure in Tier II and Tier III cities, the Health Ministry has announced to provide necessary support for the initiation of hospital medicine. It is a relatively new subject which is crucial for making India a global healthcare hub.
“ This is just about the right time to develop this speciality of Hospital Medicine not only for providing standard care to the patients but to deal with entire gamut of issues around the acutely ill patients viz – antibiotic resistance, synchronisation of the services, discharge and follow-up policies, patient safety, tracking of the patients, minimisation of stay in the hospital etc. In short the care services of the patients need to be designed smartly. There is a need to start this speciality of Hospital medicine in India so that the caregivers can bear the dual responsibility of care management, said Union Minister JP Nadda addressing the first ‘International Symposium on Hospital Medicine at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kochi.
Noting the growth of the healthcare industry with the investment by both the private and public sectors will be around US$ 160 billion industry by 2017 attracting medical tourism he said hospitals contribute 68 per cent to the healthcare investment followed by pharma and medical equipment.
He added that of these hospitals, 33 per cent are in the metros and Tier I cities. Therefore, there is a growing need for improved healthcare infrastructure in Tier II and Tier III cities.
He also said that investment in healthcare infrastructure in hospitals, R&D and education is further set to rise.

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