With an objective to ramp up skilled workforce especially doctors across the country, the Government is working on a plan to upgrade Armed Forces Medical Services Hospitals (AFMS) into Post Graduate Teaching Hospitals.
In a linkedin post Ajay Kumar, Defence Secretary, Government of India, stated that as many as 29 AFMS would be upgraded into PG Teaching Hospitals soon.
This would be win-win strategy wherein the Armed Forces Medical Service Hospitals would gain from the upgradation and health system in the country would be bolstered, he said.
Kumar further said that AFMS to benefit with additional medical resources and country benefits from AFMS experienced and high quality of medical services exposure to DNB candidates.
The move holds significance as country falls short of doctors and nurses who are at the forefront to enable accessible and affordable care to masses. As per a rough estimate, we have a shortage of over 600,000 doctors and two million nurses.
In this light, the Government has taken a series of measures including increasing number of seats in medical colleges and setting up new colleges in different parts of the country.