- According to data from the Health Ministry, the gap between required and available specialists in health centres, is in the range of 80-99%.
- Further, there is a wide regional disparity in gap in demand and supply of nurses and pharmacists. For example: UTs and smaller states have a surplus. However, states like Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha, and Maharashtra have shortages ranging from an average 45%-63%.
- Further, there is a shortfall of laboratory technicians. There is only 62% of the total lab technicians required at Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and Community health Centres (CHCs) across India.
- As per Indian Public Health Standards (IPHS) norms, four specialists per CHS; one nursing staff per PHC and seven per CHC, and one lab technician and pharmacist per each PHC and CHC is required.
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