Post-Budget reaction: Dr Alok Khullar, CEO, Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai
We are delighted to note that the budget session was introduced with the announcement of an increase in allocation for Research in the healthcare sector including pharma, clinical research and public-private partnership in healthcare research. The government’s initiatives to encourage R&D in healthcare is a much-needed move. The collaborative set-up of the research and innovation centre and the facilities in select ICMR Labs made available for research by public and private medical college faculty and the private sector is commendable. Setting up more nursing colleges is a welcome move to generate an adequate nursing workforce every year. The introduction of courses for medical devices will fill a significant gap in the industry.