‘Healthcare Sector Lacks Skilled Workers’
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25 April 2011
A major challenge for the Indian healthcare industry is to have trained workforce in hospital administration and management. With the industry witnessing remarkable growth in the last few years, the concept of healthcare has gone beyond hospitals. It is now related to a gamut of quality services linked to hospitals, said Arun Jamkar, vice–chancellor of the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS).
"Various surveys estimate that the Indian healthcare industry is set to grow from the present $40 billion to around $280 billion by 2020. However, owing to the lack of institutes, there is a lack of skilled manpower in healthcare management and administration," Jamkar said at the launch of Sancheti Healthcare Academy (SHA) here on Sunday.
Manisha Sanghvi, executive director of SHA and president of the All Associations of Hospitals Pune, said: "The SHA will offer various diplomas and degrees that will cover all aspects of education in healthcare services and management. It focuses on holistic training of healthcare professionals." Among the first courses are two 11–months certificate programmes – a post–graduate programme in healthcare services and a post–graduate advanced – health services.
"These courses are designed to fulfil the needs of the industry. The USP of this programme is that a consortium of industries is involved with the selection and design of the syllabus, making it completely tuned to its specific needs," said orthopaedician Parag Sancheti.
The academic year will offer a combination of rigorous fundamentals, practical experience and the freedom to explore.
"This assures a balanced combination of business acumen and industry understanding. Healthcare is not only about doctors, nurses and technicians," said orthopaedician K H Sancheti, founder of Sancheti hospital.