Ayushman Bharat expected to create huge demand for non-medical professionals

As per Shiv Raman Dugal, Chairman, ICRI, the Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) has the potential to create over 100,000 long-term jobs for skilled and non-medical professionals in coming years

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New Delhi: The Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) will create over 100,000 long-term jobs for skilled and semi-skilled non-medical professionals in the next four years, primarily due to the expected expansion of private hospitals to address the growing demand, believes Mr Shiv Raman Dugal, Chairman, Institute of Clinical Research India (ICRI).

Ayushman Bharat will cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries) providing coverage up to 5 lakh rupees per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization. To meet the demand for healthcare services, nearly 25,000 hospitals will be empanelled. Experts believe that to cater to the needs of 50 crore beneficiaries, hundreds of more private hospitals will be opened, which will further generate employment across the healthcare delivery system.

“Apart from medical professionals to deal with the patients, skilled workforce will be required to ensure implementation support at central and state levels. This is where the Institute of Clinical Research India (ICRI) comes into the picture,” says Mr Dugal.

Offering multitude of courses ranging from undergraduate to postgraduate to PhD in the field of Clinical Research, Pharmacology, Pharmacovigilance, Healthcare Management, Pharma Marketing, Public Health, Hospital Administration and MBA degrees in specialized subjects, ICRI aims at contributing towards an effective implementation of the program.

The Chairman of ICRI adds, “Ayushman Bharat, the policy that aims at providing access to quality healthcare at the grassroots, is a huge step towards reducing disparity and building a healthier nation. To ensure the success of the program we need to keep our focus on its effective implementation, that requires a huge workforce of trained professionals. This is how the program which is conceptualized to attain universal health care will also help generate long-term employment,”

“With the demand of trained medical and non-medical professionals to soar in near future and eminent institutes like ICMR, known to offer world-class courses in clinical research and healthcare, coming forward with tailored solutions, time is just right for the youths to seize the opportunity,” informs Mr Dugal.