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  5. 5. DOCTORS IN A DISTRICT STUDY (1: 634P) 11/21/2012 5
  6. 6. DOCTORS IN NASHIK CITY Super specialty 25 Skin specialist 25 ENT sp 26 Psychiatrists 50 Anesthetists 65 Pathologists 65 gen Physician 75 Eye specialists 80 Radiologists 83 General Surgeons 85 Orthopedic sp 87 MD Ayurveda 100 Child sp 140 Ob-Gynec 200 C) Specialists 1106 B) Dentists 350 BUMS Yunani 7degree not Avialble 91 MBBS 121 Homeopaths# 153 BAMS 1250A) Gen Practitoners 1622 0 200 400 600 800 1000 1200 1400 1600 1800 11/21/2012 6
  7. 7. DOCTORS IN NASHIK DISTRICT 1400 U-Pub 1200 1000 U-Pvt 800 R-Pub 600 400 R-Pvt 200 0
  8. 8. OVERVIEW OF MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS IN INDIA 355 MBBS colleges, nearly UG 43890 seats 161 belong to Govt, with about 20000 UG seats 194 are Pvt colleges, with 23900 UG seats National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for MBBS Course (NEET-UG ) will be held from 2013 NEET should take care of entry level corruption, multiple tests etc.
  9. 9. URBAN-RURAL HHR GAP 28% of the country’s population is urban (Census of India 2001)". Going by density of health workers per 10,000 pop, urban HHR density is 4 times that in rural areas. Post graduate doctors are mostly in urban Pvt sector, so also the dentists and Ayurveda GPs. (My study of Nashik district the distribution of doctors) One can not expect an equal HHR proportion in Urban- Rural since most specialists are city-bound. BUT basic doctors/Family Physicians need to be well distributed.
  10. 10. HHR- THE 70:30 PRIVATE-PUBLIC DIVIDE Majority (70%) of HHR is in the private sector in both urban and rural areas. In my study of Nashik district barely 10% doctors are in the public sector. (Staggering 90% in Pvt Sector including unregistered doctors) Around 50% of the nurses & midwifes are in public sector.
  11. 11. EROSION OF PRIMARY CARE IS NOT GOOD In the medically advanced states and metros, we see specialists occupy the apex of medical care, and GPs are being pushed out. Primary care, in the GP domain, may get reduced to simply coughs n colds, diarrhea n dysentery, aches and fevers! The ultimate erosion of primary care will escalate medical interventions, raise unit costs of care, worsen availability of physicians and overload hospitals
  12. 12. RISE OF THE SPECIALIST About 45 specialties are now listed by MCI : diploma (DNB), MD (29) MS (5), DM(12), MCh(10) Nearly 50% (20000+) MBBS graduates can get PG seats. Another 30% can get CPS diplomas..leaving 20% at grad level! The role and share of specialists in outpatients and hospitals is ever increasing, the generalists are losing ground (The grand old Gen Surgeon is on the last leg) Even in super-specialists, we have both physician and surgeons. Decision making is increasingly complex for ‘clients’! Costs are rising, but outcomes are also generally better! Therefore the medical pyramid is becoming top heavy!
  13. 13. HEALTH VS MEDICALIZATION Are we giving up ‘health’ for medicine? For instance BP can be prevented and detected early, and not just treated ! Is the physician/cardiologist interested? Health promotion and prevention are taking back seats or even getting medicalised (the great vaccine boom is a proof) Increasing ‘deconstruction’ of specialties is losing the holistic view if life and body
  14. 14. PUBLIC VS PRIVATE MEDICAL EDUCATION Medical education, once the pride of the Govt and local bodies, is now equally shared between Pvt and public. In southern states, the expansion of care is mainly because of pvt owners. The quality of medical education has suffered directly and indirectly with rise of Pvt colleges, first because they sucked teachers from public institutes and second because they manipulated at many levels including the MCI visits (the infamous Ketan Desai case) The student has to pay stiff prices esp for PG seats. This has further tilted the elitist bias in medical education.
  15. 15. PATHY ISSUES: MODERN MED(MM) & AYURVEDA Ayurveda (also Siddha & Unani) has taken the shudhha option some 3 decades back, in order to protect the system from the MM However, most AYUSH graduates practice MM later For this they claim they have learnt MM in their ‘syllabus’ and college hospitals; which they somewhat. But there is no subject examination for MM medicine, pharmacology, pathology etc. So this claim is spurious. It is quite welcome that Governments employ them in PHC-CHCs. But there is no formal training or assessment for MM use. The AYUSH board can not authorize them for MM use, nor MCI/state council stop them (Police can lodge a case) So we now stand to lose both the scientific practice of AYUSH and the legal cover for integrated practice. The issue can not be solved in courts of law (SC has ruled against use of the ‘other’ pathy) The impasse has to be solved by a consensual central amendment.
  16. 16. THE PATHY ISSUE: MM & HOMEOPATHY Homeopathy is an entirely different approach based on like cures like (symptoms in the patient need to be matched to medicines that produce similar symptoms in normal doses..the same medicine works only in nano doses) Allopathy works on principles of diagnosis based on symptom--How can then a homeopath use allopathy, is it scientific?
  17. 17. THE CLASH OF PATHY INTERESTS But the major clash is for sharing the health care cake MM community wants to keep the right to use MM. AYUSH doctors want to use MM remedies to survive in the health market The SC has rued against this ‘cross pathy’ BRMS/BRHS courses seem to be a small way out . But AYUSH doctors can not take even BRMS!
  18. 18. HHR NEED:30 LAKH POP DISTRICT AND INDIA Table 3: HHR requirements for a 30 Lakh district and projection for India The District Model India HHR for 30L dist Rural Urban+ Total pop Country HLEG Actual shortfall Med per need 2011** * college unit (A) Beds (public sector) 1500 1900 3400 882 1360000 (B) HHR-category- doctors SSP 0 50 50 60000 20000 209091 676756 Specialists 240 350 590 5085 236000 NA MM-MO 280 200 480 6250 192000 417119 Ay MO/BRMS 410 410 820 3659 328000 314547 196488 Dentists 100 100 200 15000 80000 22962 74649 Admin MOs 10 10 20 150000 8000 Total doctors 1040 1120 2160 1389 864000 896206 +32206 (C) Other HWs Nurses+Midwives 2120 1110 3230 929 1292000 11 Lakh 823588 468412 Other PM 820 800 1620 1852 648000 23276 624724 Ward Asst etc 1860 1800 3660 820 1464000 Support staff 660 600 1260 2381 504000 Total of other HWs 9770 307 3908000 20 Lakh 846864 All HWs 11930 251 4772000 1743070 3028930 ASHAs 3600 833 1440000 9000000 +7560000 (+ plus sign shows surplus HHR) ** HLEG makes different assumptions,. HHR is state bound-India pool is no help
  19. 19. NATIONAL HEALTH POLICY (NHP) 2002RECOMMENDS Extending public health services(..) to AYUSH doctors Expanding the pool of General Practitioners to include a cadre of licentiates including Indian systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy is recommended in the policy in order to provide trained manpower in underserved areas ..contract employment for such doctors.
  20. 20. NHP 2002 CONTEXT 4.8 EDUCATION OF HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS In order to ameliorate the problems being faced on account of the uneven spread of medical and dental colleges in various parts of the country, this policy envisages the setting up of a Medical Grants Commission for funding new Government Medical and Dental Colleges in different parts of the country. Also, it is envisaged that the Medical Grants Commission will fund the upgradation of the infrastructure of the existing Government Medical and Dental Colleges of the country, so as to ensure an improved standard of medical education. To enable fresh graduates to contribute effectively to the providing of primary health services as the physician of first contact, this policy identifies a significant need to modify the existing curriculum. A need-based, skill-oriented syllabus, with a more significant component of practical training, would make fresh doctors useful immediately after graduation. The Policy also recommends a periodic skill-updating of working health professionals through a system of continuing medical education.
  21. 21. NHP 2002 ON NURSING PERSONNEL.. In the interest of patient care, the policy emphasizes the need for an improvement in the ratio of nurses vis-à-vis doctors/beds. In order to discharge their responsibility as model providers of health services, the public health delivery centres need to make a beginning by increasing the number of nursing personnel.
  22. 22. MCI & NCHHR The proposed NCHHR has been returned by the Cabinet for some reasons Was NCHHR only for Modern Medicine? Will it permanently outcaste AYUSH as a third rate system? Will it encroach on rights of state to remodel their medical education?
  23. 23. HLEG CONTEXT
  24. 24. 4 TIER HEALTH CARE: A DISTRICT MODEL Tertiary Hospitals District & urban ward Hospitals (>100 beds) 30 bed Rural Hospitals Primary Health Centers (30000 pop) Sub-centers (3000 pop) with paramedics or BRMS/AYUSH docs
  25. 25. THE CURRENT HHR PYRAMID Allopathic doctors/ specialists Nurses & paramedics Informalproviders AYUSH(with due doctors training)
  26. 26. THIS IS ALSO A STATE SUBJECT Medical & paramedic education is a state subject The states have to invest in and redesign the programs for state needs, broadly keeping with national guidelines and councils
  27. 27. A RADAR OF ISSUES AND REFORMS 1 Expanding Med Ed to deficit states 12 Pvt medical 10 2 Courses for village 9 Education-cost… 8 doctors 7 11 Continuing Medical 6 3 Courses for 5 Education 4 paramedics 3 2 10 Integration of 1 4 District based 0 Health Services &… umbrella institutions 5 Common Platoform 9 Revisit NEET for Healing systems 8 Syllabus & Learning 6 Mainstreaming reforms incl ODL, PBL AYUSH doctors with… 7 Expanding Nursing education
  30. 30. HHR INSTITUTIONS IN INDIAHHR Institutions & Availability (NHP 2008 NHSRC HHR Division)Institute Numb Annual Availability of HHR HHR: pop ratio er uptake1. Medical Colleges 289* 32,815* MOs 2,15,199 1:1,667 Population-India Spec. 1,52,4372. Dental Colleges 282 22,650 Dentists 14,499 1:35 Lakh – Bihar; 1:18,812 - Pondicherry3. AYUSH Institutions 477 27,265 Drs. 70,202 1:798 Population - India4. Nursing Schools 1,620 62,647 Nurses 6,90,564 1: 264 population – India; 1: 100-200 - Europe5. ANM Schools 329 6,502 ANMs 5,24,283 1,42,655 - 2nd ANM; 43,966 - New SHCs6. Health Worker - 102 5,334 2,28,946 No Registration from CouncilMale7. Pharmacy - Degree 241 13,400 1,25,915 India 1 : 1,840;Phramacy: Diploma 523 31,543 Europe 1 : 2,3009. Lab Technician 97 2,193 1,44,990 No Registration Council10. Radiographers 33 410 36,628 No Registration Council11. Ophthalmic Tech. 41 426 46547 No Registration CouncilTotal 4034 2,05,185 21,04,650Curtsey: DR Thamma Rao & NHSRC, * based on older estimates (new figure is 355 & 43000)
  31. 31. DOCTORS: THE DISTRIBUTION GAP INSTATES (CENSUS 2001 ESTIMATES) Punjab has a high density (8-23 / 10000) of doctors, J&K, Sikkim,Haryana, Maharashtra, Karnataka,WB, Uttaranchal and Goa (6-8 docs/10000) are next. Then come MP, UP, Mizoram, TN (?), Kerala. The last group has (4-6 docs per 10000) has Orissa, Bihar, Zarkhand, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Assam, Arunachal and surprisingly Gujarat. This picture nearly conforms to the number of medical colleges in each state except Gujarat. Guj, Mah. AP, TN, Kar, Ker together have 60% MBBS medical colleges and 62% of medical seats.
  33. 33. THE FAMILY PHYSICIAN The irony is that Family medicine is also becoming a PG course, to be done after MBBS. This will escalate costs of care in primary sector A 3 year course could have fit in well, with CME and supply of Essential Drug List The MCI/NCHHR (National Council of Health Human Resources) is trying to distance itself from realities of India by neglecting village needs and an elisitist neglect of AYUSH.
  34. 34. THE RURAL PROBLEM Those who we call doctors , don’t like to go to rural areas. Those who work as doctors in rural areas, we don’t call them doctors, but quacks! In many states, this is the quintessential problem in health care!
  35. 35. THE SHORT MEDICAL COURSE-BRMS BRMS (Bachelor of Rural Medicine & Surgery) Recently MCI has supported this Though now it is BRHS (H for Health) It will be launched in district hospitals.
  36. 36. THE QUACKS (INFORMAL PROVIDERS) The MCI estimate of quacks can be around 25 lakh (on what basis is not known). They far outnumber the official doctors. MCI lodges occasional complaints against quacks but also admits that they are there because MBBS doctors are unwilling for working in rural areas. Their practices are quasi-scientific they get some hands- on-training and use some books. Viewed from the peoples need angle, quacks have served a crying need.
  37. 37. 3 COURSES FOR PARAMEDICSIndia needs to train millions of health workers ofdifferent types, accredit them and raise their workingstandards and lives!
  38. 38. IT IS NOT JUST DOCTORS AND NURSES! 1. Allopathic physicians/surgeons - 2. Health Professional (except nursing) 3. Dental Specialists - 4. Ayurvedic physicians/surgeons; 5. Homeopathy physicians/surgeons ; 6. Unani physicians/surgeons - 7. Nursing Professionals - 8. Nursing Associate Professional - 9. Sanitarians - 10. Midwives - 11. Pharmaceutical Assistants- 12. Medical Assistants - 13. Medical Equipment Operators; 14. Life Science Technicians (Lab technicians); 15. Dieticians & Nutritionists -; 16. Optometrists - 17. Dental Assistants; 18. Modern Health Associate Professional (except nursing) 19. Health Professional except Nursing - 20. Traditional Medicine Practitioners - 21. Faith Healers - 22. ASHA and Anganwadi workers
  39. 39. THE GAP IN PARAMEDIC SECTORCategory Required Available Additional RequiredPharmacists 1,36,869 20,967 1,15,902(Allopathy)Lab. Technician 1,36,869 12,904 1,23,965Radiographer / DRA 37,681 1,867 35,814O T Technician 46,563 NA 46,563Ophthalmic 66,478 NA 66,478TechnicianPhysiotherapist 66,478 NA 66,478Source: Dr. D. Thamma Rao, Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi
  40. 40. ALLIED HEALTH COUNCIL Paramedic councils will now be formed in states and some system of paramedic education flow There are many contentious issues of law (can they ues medicines?), education policies, professional councils, and turf battles like between the eye surgeon and ophthalmologist
  42. 42. NURSES IN INDIA Nurses follow the doctors density map About 56% registered nurses & midwives are in the 5 southern states (Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, TN and AP). Goa and NE states except Assam also have high density of nurses. 50% Nurses are in the public sector, mainly because nurses prefer Govt sector as a better employer! The small size units are unwilling to pay and provide security to nurses.
  44. 44. COMMON PLATFORM FOR MODERN MEDICINE& AYURVEDA The district hospital should serve as a common meeting platform for 2-3 pathies The health subcenter can serve both MM & Ayurveda services, with trained paramedics and doctors of ‘basic’ category Meaningful research and conflict-resolution can happen only on such platform.
  46. 46. MAINSTREAMING AYUSH DOCTORS Many states have posted AYUSH doctors in public health centers and hospitals-A welcome step But there is no formal induction of MM, no legal cover for MM use We need bridge courses in flexi formats & rigorous tests for use of select MM remedies before they are posted This bridge requires legal cooperation of all councils-calls for a political solution via parliamentary
  48. 48. DISTRICT BASED UMBRELLA INSTITUTE FOR MED-ED A unit of 30 lakh should be treated as a district Covert the district hospital (500 beds) into a UG medical college (PG in select centers) Will also have a BAMS college & hospital unit, with a Homeopathy OPD & institute Nursing college for ANM-GNM Institute for Paramedics for hospitals and community Other allied health staff like sanitary inspectors
  50. 50. REFORMS IN MEDICAL EDUCATION Med Ed is increasingly biased for PostGrad, didactic, bookish and theoretical, rote based, exam oriented this is counter productive! We need a layered education, ensuring we get enough basic doctors at level1, rather than only PGs who will only work at higher end. We need pedagogic reforms, use of Problem based learning, flexi learning methods, strong practical component Consider Bi-Lingual medium to ensure community links, accountability, ethics, Promote preventive approaches, Evidence Based Medicine and research orientation.
  51. 51. A PAST STUDENT OF MBBS SAYS ABOUT HISEDUCATION No student can straightway start medical work after this course (he is from a renowned Mumbai Municipal college). There is no such capacity building. The syllabus and books are huge, but students have complied notes and this has replaced many biggish books..Parks-PSM for instance The main task from 2nd MBBS is the Entrance test for PG, run by pvt coaching classes. They offer combo packs for two years, sponsor student gatherings etc. So last 6 semesters and internship are spent in ET, internship is all managed..none is serious about it!
  52. 52. A PAST STUDENT OF BAMS SAYS ABOUT HEREDUCATION The teachers ask us to read ‘pharmacology’ while they deal with dravyagunavidbyan..which itself is quite huge But there is no pharmacology examination as such. Hospital training is poor No counseling about what to do after BAMS course Every one is going for PG program.
  53. 53. 9 REVISIT NEETIs the PG entrance exam reducing the graduatemedical program to a formality before PG?
  54. 54. NEET FOR UG NEET (National Entrance Eligibility Test) for undergraduates has helped to ‘optimize’ entry process and level playing field across states, and chastened the pvt medical colleges However 8 high-courts have stayed the NEET (UG or PG)
  55. 55. COMMON ENTRANCE TEST PG PG CET/ PGNEET turned the entire medical college training program into another entrance exam.. this is the biggest problem. We need to detoxify the medical training from mindless PG NEET competition. HOW do we do this is a big problem!
  56. 56. 10 INTEGRATION OF HEALTHSERVICES & MED EDUCATIONSegregation has caused unfavorable terms for doctorsin the services as compared to med-ed
  57. 57. INTEGRATE MED-ED AND HEALTH SERVICES The segregation of MedEd (DMER) and Public Health dept has created a new varnashram in health care sector, the former offers better pays, better working conditions and urban life. Health services dept is getting a bad deal!
  59. 59. CME CME is just taking off, but it is not well organized The syllabus and implementation has to be planned and learning resources widely available Evaluation/accreditation is a distant issue, CME for other pathies and nurses is also necessary
  60. 60. OPEN SOURCE FOR HEALTH INFO We need a source of authentic health info in All Indian languages. This can be an open source for primary care, paramedics, consumers and students. We need diagnostic algorithms to help decision making, decide protocols More authors, institutes, and donors need to contribute. Medical colleges, students, teachers, illustrators can help! Wikipedia is not very strong movement in Indian languages—for various reasons
  61. 61. OUR WEBSITES FOR PRIMARY HEALTH CAREIN MARATHI AND HINDI http://www.arogyavidya  http://www.bharatswast .net/arogyavi/ Already launched 20  Part-1 to be launched months..clocked 1.4 in 2-3 weeks million visits (2000  Need help by way of daily) funds, contributors, Need support for videos, advsetisements sustenance and etc development
  63. 63. ?PVT MEDICAL COLLEGES A difficult customer, is it a solution or problem? Quality of med Ed herein is questionable, barring some places. Costs to students are high and hence it is helping only some rich families (PG premium is about 50 L+). This is perpetuating ‘dynasty’ hospitals NEET is only one way of regulating entrance Regulation in Pvt medical sector has proved to be very difficult-given the money power and collusion of MCI
  64. 64. SUMMARY 1 Expanding Med Ed to deficit states 12 Pvt medical 10 2 Courses for village 9 Education-cost… 8 doctors 7 11 Continuing Medical 6 3 Courses for 5 Education 4 paramedics 3 2 10 Integration of 1 4 District based 0 Health Services &… umbrella institutions 5 Common Platoform 9 Revisit NEET for Healing systems 8 Syllabus & Learning 6 Mainstreaming reforms incl ODL, PBL AYUSH doctors with… 7 Expanding Nursing education
  65. 65. THANKS Dr Shyam Ashtekar Bharat Vaidyaka sanstha & Sadiccha Trust 21 Cherry Hills society, Anandwalli, Nashik 422013 Website: Cell 91-9422271544