In the national budget for the next fiscal presented in Parliament Thursday finance minister AMA Muhith proposed an allocation of Tk 23,383 crore for the health sector, up from the last fiscal’s revised allocation of Tk 20,014 crore.
The proposed allocation includes health sector’s development as well as non-development expenditures for the coming fiscal.
The last fiscal fiscal’s revised budget had reduced allocation from Tk 20,651 crore to Tk 20,014 crore.
The allocation proposed for the health sector for the next fiscal constitutes five per cent of the proposed total budget outlay of Tk 4,64,573 and in the last fiscal’s original allocation to the health sector was 5.2 per cent of the total outlay of Tk 400,266 crore.
For the coming fiscal the government proposed an allocation of Tk 18,159 crore for the health service division and Tk 5,224 crore for medical education and family welfare division.
In his budget speech Muhith said, ‘Our goal in health sector is to ensure affordable and quality health and family welfare services for all.’
The government has, he said, plans to recruit 9,792 doctors, 4,000 senior nurses and 600 midwives in the coming fiscal.
‘We have a plan to establish one medical college by turn in each division to upgrade the standard of health services,’ said Muhith.
He told Parliament that implementation of 29 Operational Plans began in 2017 for providing nutrient foods and health services to mothers and children, quality general and specialized health services for all, control of communicable and non-communicable diseases and diseases caused by climate change, development of modern and efficient medicine sector and for providing skilled manpower.
Muhith said that the implementation would be over by 2022.
The finance minister said, ‘we are bringing reforms in the legal framework to ensure quality services to the patients and professional safeguard of doctors.’
He said that a new Medical Services Act would be enacted and The Medical Practice and Private Clinics and Laboratories (Regulation) Ordinance 1982 would be repealed.