Cadre of Indian Medical Service
The Indian government was asked about the need to create a cadre for Indian Medical Service (IMS) similar to other civil services like IAS, IFS, IPS. The importance of health professionals during the pandemic was highlighted, and the potential benefits of having an efficient IMS to manage health projects and formulate policies. In response, the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office stated that a proposal for creating an IMS was received from the Department of Health and Family Welfare but required further consultation with stakeholders, including state governments, before any decision could be made.
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
(DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL & TRAINING)
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1025
(TO BE ANSWERED ON 08.02.2023)
CADRE OF INDIAN MEDICAL SERVICE
1025. ALANIDHI VEERASWAMY:
Will the PRIME MINISTER be pleased to state:
(a) whether the Government is aware that there is an urgent need to start the cadre of an Indian Medical Service (IMS) on the lines of other civil services like IAS, IFS, IPS, etc. in the country and if so, the details thereof;
(b) whether the Government is also aware that the pandemic had driven home the importance of health professionals not just in managing the pandemic in health institutions but also at the level of the Government;
(c) whether the Government is also aware that IMS could be a game changer as it would provide efficient health care managers to enhance the success of health projects and formulate policy and the course of action for fighting diseases;
(d) whether the Government is planning to start a cadre of IMS in the country; and
(e) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS AND MINISTER OF STATE IN THE PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE (DR. JITENDRA SINGH)
(a) to (e): A proposal for creation of an Indian Medical Health Service was received from the Department of Health and Family Welfare. On examination, it was found that the said proposal required consultation with all the stake holders including State Governments and it was returned to that Department for the said purpose.