Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs in its meeting on 2 May 2018 has approved continuation of Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) till 2020. Central government will now continue PMSSY beyond 12th Five Year Plan for a duration of 2017-18 to 2019-20. PM Narendra Modi has presided over the CCEA meeting and has allocated financial outlay of Rs. 14,832 crores.
The primary objective of PMSSY is to ensure affordable and reliable healthcare services to the people. Govt. also focuses on providing adequate facilities for high level medical education, nursing education and research facilities across the country.
PMSSY scheme continuation will create appropriate tertiary level health care infrastructure. This will be done through establishment of new AIIMS along with improvement in the referral system. Till 2020, govt. is focusing on enhancing cross linkages between primary, secondary and tertiary level health care facilities.
Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY)
Central government is consistently working towards the improvement of health infrastructure and health manpower across the country. PMSSY primarily consists of 2 components – Setting up of AIIMS like institutions and Upgradation of Government Medical Colleges Institutions. The important features and highlights of PMSSY are as follows:-
- Setting Up of AIIMS like Institutions –
- Setting up of new AIIMS will completely transform health education and training. Even this initiative will also resolve the issue of shortfall of health care professionals.
- Central govt. bears all the expenses and provide funds for construction, operations and maintenance of new AIIMS.
- This is a major boost for direct employment generation for around 3000 people at several faculty and non-faculty posts in every AIIMS.
- Moreover, this step will also generate indirect employment due to facilities and services like shopping centers, canteens, shops in the vicinity of new AIIMS.
- Each functional AIIMS with 960 beds established under PMSSY will create 4089 vacancies. Till date, new AIIMS at Mangalagiri, Nagpur and Kalyani has created 1144 posts with the approval of Finance Ministry.
- Each New AIIMS under PMSSY will now add 100 UG (MBBS) and 60 B.Sc (Nursing) seats, 15-20 Super Specialty Dept. and 750 hospital beds.
- Upgradation of Government Medical Colleges (GMCs) –
- In each GMC updradation, govt. will now add 8 to 10 super specialty departments (on an average).
- In addition to this, this initiative will also add around 15 PG seats on an average.
- Each new AIIMS is expected to have around 1500 OPD patients per day and around 1000 IPD patients per month.
All the schemes under PMSSY will minimize the imbalance to access quality health care between states and regions. This scheme will also maintain balance between human resource development and availability of trained medical and nursing manpower. Establishment of medical and nursing colleges is essential for public health care delivery system.
Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana 2018-19 will result in efficient health outcomes with timely intervention of medical / health services. For more details, visit the official website – pmssy-mohfw.nic.in
Other Decisions in CCEA Meeting (2 May 2018)
— Krishonnati Yojana 2018 for Farmers to ensure Green Revolution in Agriculture Sector – View Details
— Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram – Restructured MsDP Launched by Central Government – View Details
— Central govt. has approved Doubling of Investment Limit for Senior Citizens from Rs. 7.5 lakh to Rs. 15 lakh under Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandan Yojana (PMVVY) and now extends the PMVVY 2018 Scheme till 31 March 2020. This scheme will enable senior citizens to get up to Rs. 10,000 per month as pension – View Details