In a major boost to the expansion of healthcare infrastructure in the country, the Union Cabinet Chaired by PM Narendra Modi has approved the continuation of Pradhan MantriSwasthya Suraksha Yojana(PMSSY) beyond 12th Five Year Plan to 2019-20. The financial outlay for this purpose is Rs 14,832 crore. Under this scheme, new AIIMS are established and Government medical colleges are upgraded.
The PMSSY aims at correcting the imbalances in the availability of affordable tertiary healthcare facilities in different parts of the country in general, and augmenting facilities for quality medical education in the under-served States in particular. Setting up of new AIIMS would not only transform health education and training but also address the shortfall of health care professionals in the region. Construction of new AIIMS is fully funded by the Central Government. The Operations & Maintenance expenses on new AIIMS are also fully borne by the Central Government. Upgradation programme broadly envisages improving health infrastructure through construction of Super Specialty Blocks/Trauma Centers etc. and procurement of medical equipment for existing as well as new facilities on Central and State share basis.
Under the PMSSY program, the government plans to set up 20 new AIIMS and upgrade 73 state medical colleges. Total 2,000 MBBS seats, 100 per new AIIMS and approx 1,000 PG seats in upgraded medical colleges are expected to be added. The insurance boost from Ayushman Bharat Yojana will also bring private medical colleges in Tier 3 towns and district-heads.
Highlights of PMSSY
- Each new AIIMS will add 100 UG (MBBS) and 60 B.Sc (Nursing) seats, 15-20 Super Specialty Departments and around 750 hospital beds.
- Each GMC up-gradation project, 8-10 Super Specialty Departments get added on an average and an up-gradation project also gives the 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.
- 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.
– Chaitanya Kulkarni.