"At present, there is a shortage of 7000-8000 medical staff including doctors in the state and the government has decided to recruit 1271 medicos through MPPSC," State Health Medical Education and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narottam Mishra told reporters here.
"By 2018, the state would be in a position to prepare 5,000 doctors every year to deal with the shortage of medicos in state hospitals," the minister said.

Also, the government has decided to establish seven new government medical colleges in the state at Vidisha, Ratlam, Shahdol, Datia, Khandwa, Satna and Seoni, he said.

Besides, the government has also given permits to set up five new medical colleges in private sector at Indore, Guna, Jabalpur and two in state capital Bhopal.

Replying to a query on why the governor, chief minister, ministers, MLAs and bureaucrats prefer to get themselves treated at modern private nursing homes, Mishra said the government cannot compel anyone to go to a particular hospital.

However, he maintained that services at government hospitals are being constantly improved and upgraded.

More than 300 types of medicines are being provided free-of-cost to patients from government hospitals everyday. Over 1.54 crore persons have availed the facility of 108 ambulance service and the figure of institutional deliveries has risen from 22 percent 88 percent in the state, he claimed.
Mishra also informed about the new facilities provided at government hospitals under the "Gauravi and Mamata campaigns" providing compassion, security and honour to women.

Also, the Centre has given approval for setting up a state cancer institute at Jabalpur with an investment of Rs 120 crore, he added.

Latest News from Madhya Pradesh News Desk