Cabinet approves plan to set up 20 AIIMS across India

The decisions are part of the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), which has been extended by two years till 2020, with a financial outlay of Rs 14,832 crore. The construction of new AIIMS will be fully funded by the Central government. It will also bear the operations and maintenance expenses of these facilities

Cabinet approves plan to set up 20 AIIMS across India
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Expressing gratitude to the Prime Minister for his constant support, J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare said that the Government is consciously working towards improving health infrastructure as well as health manpower in the country.

“Setting up of new AIIMS would not only transform health education and training but will also address the shortfall of healthcare professionals. Construction of new AIIMS is fully funded by the Central Government and the Operations and Maintenance expenses on new AIIMS are also fully borne by the Central Government,” Nadda elaborated.

Nadda further stated that setting up new AIIMS in various states will lead to employment generation for nearly 3,000 people in various faculty and non-faculty posts in each of the AIIMS.

Speaking at the event, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union IT Minister said, “We will construct a total of 20 new AIIMS facilities across the country, out of which 6 have already been set-up. We are also upgrading 73 medical colleges across the country.”

Highlighting the benefits of the scheme, Nadda said that each new AIIMS will add 100 UG (MBBS) and 60 B.Sc (Nursing) seats, 15-20 Super Specialty Departments and around 750 hospital beds.

He further said that in each GMC up-gradation project, 8-10 Super Specialty Departments get added on an average and an up-gradation project also gives benefit of adding of around 15 new PG seats on an average.

“As per data of current functional AIIMS, it is expected that each new AIIMS would cater to around 1500 OPD patients / day and around 1000 IPD patients / month,” Nadda said.

The Union health minister said that PMSSY aims at correcting regional imbalances in the availability of affordable/reliable tertiary healthcare services and also at augmenting facilities for quality medical education in different regions of the country.

Nadda emphasised that schemes under PMSSY will result in reduction of disparities to access quality health services between the states and regions. He further stated that the scheme will also address imbalances in human resources development and in the availability of quality trained medical, nursing manpower for public healthcare delivery system through establishment of medical and nursing colleges.