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Health Sector allocation to get a boost in the 12th Five Year Plan
Hopefully, the bigger allocation for health sector would be judiciously used to meet the challenges in order to bring more customer satisfaction for all concerned in the health sector.

THE GOOD news is that Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh has gone on record saying as follows, while addressing complex challenges in the health sector:

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"The allocation for health sector has been enhanced some three times in the 12th Five-Year Plan compared with the 11th Plan allocation". This particular statement was made by the Prime Minister while laying the Foudation Stone of the redevelopment project of Lady Hardinge Medical College in Delhi.

This news has come at the right time, particularly when one takes note of one major newspaper headline in the past five years or more - with three letter words to begin with "Hospitals are illequipped........"

Often we come across reports about the poor state of affairs of many hospitals in different parts of the country. The general lacunae found is beds are less in number compared to the demand, shortage of nurses/ doctors/ technicians, lack of proper storage for medicines resulting in their becoming waste and dangerous, many equipments purchased both locally and imported lying idle either due to repairs needed or want of proper technicians, sanitation issues, nutrition issues, cumbersone processes in filling up of confusing forms and so on for getting treatment, long waiting periods in hospitals, lack of coordination amongst the staff (Human Resources issues) and so on.

Hopefully, the bigger allocation for health sector would be judiciously used to meet the above challenges in order to bring more customer satisfaction for all concerned in the health sector. It would also do more good if a select task force is constituted to monitor the usage of the funds allocated to ensure existing loopholes in the health sector are plugged to the maximum in the future.

With the help of above, media can also start reporting that underperforming hospitals have beern making a turnaround in their day to day operations for the better in diferent parts of the country, which would prove to be a good reading material for the common man.

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