December 1st, 2011
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FDI in Medical education sector: Ahluwalia

montek-singh-aluhwaliaNew Delhi: Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia has pitched for permitting FDI in medical educational sector to increase the supply of professionals, including doctors and nursing staff.

“My view is that opening up (medical education) to private (investment) sector is crucial. . . and wherever private investment is allowed, I have no problem with foreign investment,” Ahluwalia told media. He was speaking on the sidelines of a Health Summit organised by Confederation of Indian Industry.

He further said, “If the private sector is going to set up 10,000 beds over the next few years, then you have a chance that 30 medical schools could be created.”Ahluwalia suggested that with present capacity of medical institutions in the country, it is not possible to produce half a million doctors in the next few years, which is the need of the hour. At present, you cannot run a medical university unless you are a society or a trust. If you have a major corporate hospital and want to run a medical school, it is not allowed. According to Ahluwalia, the law prescribing that only trust or societies can run a medical school in the country is an obsolete idea in the present context.

Ahluwalia’s comment comes at a time when the government is in a quagmire over its decision to open up the multi-brand retail sector to foreign investment. Their decision has resulted in a logjam in Parliament, which has not been functioning for the eight consecutive day.



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