Human Resources in Health
A close look at the major recommendations on human resources in the report of the High Level Expert Group on Universal Health Coverage for India shows that most of them are timely and have been made in the right spirit. Some lacunae do exist, especially on medical education and specialisation. But the most important issue is whether the recommendations can and will be efficiently implemented to give shape to a non-competitive, high quality medical system that provides all possible preventive and curative services to every citizen in the country.
Gender in the HLEG Report
T K Sundari Ravindran , Manju R Nair
Apart from referring to gender concerns in its chapters addressing critical areas of the healthcare system, the High Level Expert Group’s report on Universal Health Coverage for India has a separate chapter on gender and health. While the report as a whole and this chapter make several sound suggestions, what comes through is that much more could have been done. In the absence of a gender and health analysis framework, the report tends to address gender issues in an ad hoc and uneven fashion.
In Pursuit of an Effective UHC
Padmanabh M Reddy
There are certain bold directions outlined by the High Level Expert Group in its recommendations, which, if acted on, will have a great impact on the health status of the population. The key as always is in implementation, which has not been clearly spelt out.
Long on Aspiration, Short on Detail
Issue : VOL 47 No. 06 February 11 – February 17, 2012
The recommendations of the Planning Commission’s High Level Expert Group on Access to Universal Healthcare are significant because they make explicit the need to contextualise health within the rights. However, the problem with the report is that it does not ask why many of the same recommendations that were made by previous committees have not been implemented. The HLEG neither recognises the problems, constraints and compulsions at the national, state and district levels nor offers any solutions on how to deal with them.
“Engaging Public Health Professionals In the Process of Change”