Healthcare facilities in India facing severe staff shortage: Report

This results in overwork, compromised patient care and employee dissatisfaction


The growing burden of non-communicable diseases and an ageing population are among the factors driving the demand for healthcare professionals in the country, says a recent report by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). Other factors include population growth, the introduction of AI, the exponential growth of health insurance market and government schemes like Ayushman Bharat. It is estimated that by 2030, India will see a 100 percent jump in demand for healthcare professionals.

Despite the demand, the report points out that healthcare facilities are facing severe staff shortage, resulting in overwork, compromised patient care and employee dissatisfaction.

“To address these challenges, healthcare facilities are implementing comprehensive upskilling programmes and leveraging technology to streamline recruitment and expand workforce capacity,” says the report. Moreover, financial incentives, professional development programs, and mentorship can help attract talent.

According to the Union budget allocation, the employment rate is expected to grow by 12.59 per cent in 2024-25. The hospital market, currently valued at $100 billion, is projected to double by 2032, indicating brighter career prospects in the healthcare field in days to come.

As hospitals and healthcare facilities expand their workforce, there is a growing need for professionals such as medical doctors, nurse practitioners and medical technicians. “This trend is not merely about filling positions but also about transforming healthcare delivery to better manage the increased burden on healthcare systems and improve patient outcomes,” says the report.

Similarly, there is a significant demand for specialised nurses who provide primary healthcare services, particularly in rural and underserved regions.

The report also points out that the role of Epidemiologists has become increasingly important, especially after the Covid-19 pandemic because of their expertise in identifying disease patterns for timely interventions.

The pandemic has also made upskilling of the health professionals imperative. “The existing professionals need to acquire new competencies in critical care, respiratory therapy, and infection control,” the report says, adding, “Public health education has also gained importance, emphasising the need for qualified candidates.” 


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