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Docs welcome Centre’s moves
ST Correspondent | Thursday, 2 February 2017 AT 11:05 PM IST
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PUNE: Doctors from the medical fraternity have welcomed the move to restructure the regulatory framework for medical education. As the Union Budget focuses on the need to put an end to corruption and heavy capitation fees, the doctors have applauded the Centre’s efforts.

Dr Ramakanta Panda, VC and MD Asian Heart Institute, welcomed the Finance Minister’s proposal to encourage reputed hospitals across the country to start courses.

“I welcome the move to restructure the regulatory framework for medical education -as it is sorely needed to put an end to corruption and heavy capitation fees.” said Dr Panda

“Also for allocating Aadhaar-based smart cards to senior citizens to monitor health is a positive move towards digitisation of medical records in India. I also welcome new rules regarding medical devices, aimed at attracting investment in the sector and ensuring the reduced cost of devices. This is critical to taking healthcare within the reach of the common man,” noted Panda.

Dr Ramen Goel, Senior Bariatric Surgeon and  Director of Centre for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, Wockhardt Hospitals noted that the focus of the budget is non-communicable diseases.

“The budget gives an action plan for non-communicable diseases like diabetes, obesity and hypertension. The budget proposal said that the 1.5 lakh health sub-centres will be transformed into health and wellness centres and I’m eager to know more about this. Revision in the cost of medical devices is a hugely welcome move, as it makes healthcare affordable,” noted Goel.

Echoing similar sentiments, Amol Naikawadi, Joint Managing Director, Indus Health Plus, said “The Union Budget brings vast opportunities for improvement in rural healthcare. The focus should have been more on healthcare as a whole since majority of lifestyle diseases are on the rise. The initiatives introduced by the government on making healthcare affordable, available and accessible for masses is surely welcoming. In the long-term perspective, promoting medical education in India and increasing the seats is a great move in making healthcare available for all.”

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