Every year, Health Management Information System (HMIS) publishes a report on the health manpower in rural areas. Following data from the report gives a measure of the shortfall of healthcare professionals –
The number of vacancies of female health workers / Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) at Sub-centres have increased from 18,000 in 2015 to 24,000 in 2016. Number of doctors at Primary Health Centres have fallen from 27,421 in 2015 to 26,464 in 2016.
The data in no way suggests that government has prioritised addressing the shortfall of healthcare professionals.