The Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) will create over 100,000 long-term jobs for skilled and semi-skilled non-medical professionals in the next four years, primarily due to the expected expansion of private hospitals to address the growing demand.
Ayushman Bharat, one of the most the ambitious projects of the government, will allow the 50 crore beneficiaries from across the country to take cashless benefits from any public/private empanelled hospitals, creating a huge demand for skilled non-medical professionals.
Apart from medical professionals to deal with the patients, skilled workforce will be required to ensure implementation support at central and state levels. This is where the Institute of Clinical Research India (ICRI) comes into the picture.
ICRI, which is recently awarded "Best Institution in Clinical Research & Healthcare" by Economics Times, is geared up to play a pivotal role in ensuring the success of the program by providing advanced courses in the field of clinical research and non-medical staffing.
Offering multitude of courses ranging from undergraduate to postgraduate to PhD in the field of Clinical Research, Pharmacology, Pharmacovigilance, Healthcare Management, Pharma Marketing, Public Health, Hospital Administration and MBA degrees in specialized subjects, ICRI aims at contributing towards an effective implementation of the program.
Mr Shiv Raman Dugal, Chairman, ICRI Says “Ayushman Bharat, the policy that aims at providing access to quality healthcare at the grassroots, is a huge step towards reducing disparity and building a healthier nation. To ensure the success of the program we need to keep our focus on its effective implementation, that requires a huge workforce of trained professionals. This is how the program which is conceptualized to attain universal health care will also help generate long-term employment,”
Mr Dugal further explains the varied scopes of employment, like in the field of clinical research, that this program will eventually generate. He says, “Clinical research is a very important area of healthcare which will certainly get a boost if such an extensive program is implemented strategically. At ICRI, we offer courses that are carefully designed to bring much-required proficiency in the execution of clinical research, which in long-run, will help in creating a conducive environment for the development of clinical research culture in India.”
Ayushman Bharat will cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries) providing coverage up to 5 lakh rupees per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization. To meet the demand for healthcare services, nearly 25,000 hospitals will be empanelled. Experts believe that to cater to the needs of 50 crore beneficiaries, hundreds of more private hospitals will be opened, which will further generate employment across the healthcare delivery system.
With the demand of trained medical and non-medical professionals to soar in near future and eminent institutes like ICMR, known to offer world-class courses in clinical research and healthcare, coming forward with tailored solutions, time is just right for the youths to seize the opportunity.