At the first national respiratory meet of heads of departments (HODs) of pulmonary medicine from government colleges across the country,a review of the field indicated the need for addressing the low ratio of pulmonary specialists and patients requiring specialised care.
Specialists from 47 government colleges and institutes have decided to draft a proposal seeking a policy change to improve conditions of pulmonary treatment.
Treatment of tuberculosis has become increasingly difficult because 50 per cent of cases are treated by general practitioners and not chest physicians, said Dr Sundeep Salvi,director,Chest Research Foundation (CRF).
As per CRF data,to attend to those with pulmonary ailments,the country needs nearly 2,000 chest physicians but only around 330 persons specialise in pulmonary medicine every year.
Salvi said there was a lack of inter-departmental exposure during post-graduate training of chest physicians that lead to their inability to handle other related ailments,such as diabetes.
The policy draft will be be sent to Medical Council of India within a week, said Salvi said.