Plan to fix nurse shortage by 2025

India plans to fix the acute shortage of nurse by 2025.
The Planning Commission's high-level expert group on health has set a target to have a minimum of two nurses and one auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM) for every available allopathic doctor.

Now, the nurse: doctor ratio in India is 1.05:1, and that of nurses and midwives to a doctor is 1.53:1.

The group, headed by Dr K Srinath Reddy, in its latest report on universal health coverage has recommended opening of 382 new nursing schools and 58 nursing colleges in 216 underserved districts across 15 states.
It is estimated that there are 6.51 lakh nurses and 2.96 lakh ANMs — a combined nurse and ANM ratio of one per 1,277 population. This is in comparison to one per 2,250 population as estimated by the National Task Force for Nursing for the 11th Five Year Plan. Existing nursing schools churn out 1.15 lakh additional nurses annually.
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