India: One bed per 2,046 patients in government hospitals

In a written reply, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, stated that admission to the inpatient ward was based on availability of beds and patients who were admitted as per need/acuity of care. In case of non-availability of beds, patients are referred to other hospitals in Delhi with similar trauma and emergency care facilities only after stabilisation of patient

India: One bed per 2,046 patients in government hospitals

Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, replying to the question in the Lok Sabha, stated, whether the ratio of hospital beds per thousand population is very low in India as compared to other developing countries.

He said, “As per the provisional data of National Health Profile – 2017, compiled by the Central Bureau of Health Intelligence (CBHI), one bed in Government hospitals including Community Health Centres (CHCs) in rural and urban areas is available for average 2046 population in the country.”

As per Choubey, “Health being a State subject, it is primarily the responsibility of the state government to make efforts for increasing the bed strength in their hospitals in accordance with requirement and fund availability. However, the central government provides assistance to the state governments in their efforts to provide better healthcare facilities to people through various schemes including under National Health Mission (NHM).”

He added, “As far as Central Government Hospitals located in Delhi viz. Safdarjung Hospital and Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC) and Associated Hospitals are concerned, the government has approved redevelopment of Safdarjung Hospital with additional 1,307 beds and redevelopment of LHMC with additional 570 beds. The Central Government has also set up 6 new AIIMS at Jodhpur, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Rishikesh, Raipur and Patna under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY). The government has also taken up up-gradation of existing Government Medical Colleges.”

Vinod Shinde associated with Jan Arogya Abhiyan said, “Solution to this is to strengthen the government healthcare system. Mainly, in the rural areas. More money should be allocated for the healthcare in the budget.”