In spite of notable progress and many positive developments, deficiencies in human resources both in terms of skills and numbers continue to pose a challenge for healthcare sector, affecting “Universal Health Coverage for All”.
According to the most recent figures reported in the World Health Statistics 2011, the density of doctors in India is 6 for a population of 10,000, while that of nurses and midwives is 13 per 10,000 population. India has a doctor-to-population ratio of 0.5:1000 in comparison to 0.3 in Thailand, 0.4 in Sri Lanka, 1.6 in China, 5.4 in the UK, and 5.5 in the United States of America. As per CII-Mckinsey Report, the density of practicing healthcare workforce gets further skewed as almost 25% of the allopathic doctors and 40% nurses do not practice in the formal health system.
The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) in its report estimated a shortage of 6.4 million allied health professionals in the country. The report highlighted the gap in both; sheer number of professionals of various specialties as well as the quality of skills acquired by the graduating students from several hundreds of institutions across the country.
The Healthcare Sector Skill Council (HSSC) is a Not-for-Profit Organization, registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. The Council has been promoted by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC) and Healthcare Industry Leaders representing both public and private sector.
The key objective of the Council is to create a robust and vibrant eco-system for quality vocational education and skill development in Allied Healthcare space in the country. In addition, the Healthcare Sector Skill Council aims to serveas a single source of information on healthcare sector with specific reference to Skill and Human Resource Development in India.
Role of Healthcare Sector Skill Council in Developing Vocational Education in India For Allied Healthcare and paramedics
The Council is also implementing Standards, Training, Accreditation& Reward (STAR) scheme of Government of India. Under the STAR Scheme, HSSC has introduced the training programme in affiliated institutes and completed the assessment and certification of approximately 1200 trainees / students.