- Cabinet approves Allied and Healthcare Council of India and corresponding State Allied and Healthcare Councils.
(Ministry of Health and Family Welfare)
The Union Cabinet has approved the establishment of an Allied and Healthcare Council of India and corresponding State Allied and Healthcare Councils which will play the role of standard-setters and facilitators for professions of Allied and Healthcare.
Features of the Central and State Allied and Healthcare Councils:
- It includes 15 major professional categories including 53 professions in Allied and Healthcare streams.
- The Professional Advisory Bodies under Central and State Councils will examine issues in detail and provide recommendations relating to specific recognized categories.
The Allied and Healthcare Professionals (A&HPs) constitute an important element of the health human resource network. And it can reduce the cost of care and dramatically improve the accessibility to quality driven healthcare services.
Additional Benefits of the Allied and Healthcare Council:
- It will bring all existing allied and healthcare professionals on board within a few years from the date of establishment of the Council.
- It provides an opportunity to create qualified, highly skilled and competent manpower in healthcare and enable professionalism of the allied and healthcare workforce.
- It paves the way for high quality multi-disciplinary care in line with the vision of “Ayushman Bharat”.
It is an attempt to move from sectoral and segmented approach of health service delivery to a comprehensive need-based health care service.
It aims to undertake path breaking interventions to holistically address health (covering prevention, promotion and ambulatory care), at primary, secondary and tertiary level.
Globally, Allied and Healthcare Professionals attend undergraduate degree programme to begin with and may attain up to PhD level qualification in their respective streams. However, in India, the institutions which provide such courses, lack standardization.
Many countries possess a statutory licensing or regulatory body to license and certify the qualifications and competence of such professionals, particularly those involved in direct patient care (like physiotherapist, nutritionist, etc.) or those whose occupation impact patient care directly (like lab technologists, dosimetrists, etc.).
Though such professionals have existed in Indian healthcare system for decades, a certain gap in the allied and healthcare space is there due to lack of a comprehensive regulatory framework and absence of standards for education and training of A&HPs.