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UP: Govt plans to convert 16 govt hospitals into medical colleges

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With an objective to boost healthcare infrastructure and human resources to fillip delivery of healthcare services, the Uttar Pradesh Government is toying with an idea to establish at least one medical college in every district.

The State is trying to align itself with the vision of the Central Government which plans to convert existing district hospitals into medical colleges through public private partnership (PPP) mode.

In a first phase, those districts would get medical colleges which don’t have any such colleges—private or public. As many as 16 such districts have been zeroed in, as per a TOI report, which states that the proposal will be sent to the Medical Council of India (MCI) for relevant permissions.

While presenting the Union Budget in the Parliament, Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman had termed the shortage of human resources in healthcare as major pain point, affecting the delivery of accessible and affordable care to masses. Converting existing district hospitals into medical colleges through PPP mode would help to mitigate the issue to some extent, she said.

The plan, to be implemented in a phased manner, is likely to begin with Mahoba, Hamirpur, Muzaffarnagar and Sitapur.

As per data, the State faces an average 30% shortage in faculty positions across medical colleges and the move to set up colleges in every district would help in generating more teachers.

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