Starting the academic session of 2015-16, all Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) students who apply for admission into post-graduate (PG) medical courses need to take on a one-year compulsory rural posting in a Public Health Center (PHC).
The information was revealed by officials of the Health and Family Welfare Ministry on Tuesday, December 17, 2013.
As per ministry officials, the new measure comes in the wake of the Health and Family Welfare Ministry approving the Medical Council of India’s (MCI) recommendation to amend the Post Graduate Medical Education Regulations, 2000. There is an acute shortage of doctors in India. In primary health centers, there is a shortage of around 2,489 doctors at present, the ministry officials added.
Moreover, there is a lack of doctors across specializations too in the country. As of March 31, 2012, there has been a shortage of 3,667 physicians, 3,459 surgeons, 3,005 obstetricians and gynecologists, 3,270 pediatricians as well as a total of 13,477 specialists at all the community health centers throughout India.
MCI’s recommendation to amend the medical education regulation was preceded by the “Save the doctor” campaign by medical students to make demands for an increase in the number of PG medical seats through equalization and to make rural posting mandatory as part of internship programs as well as PG training.
At present, India is plagued by various health-related challenges. For example, there is a marked scarcity of qualified gynecologists as well as neonatologists in India. Several children in India perish on the very day of their birth, every year. India lags behind in matters relating to maternal health too as thousands of maternal deaths are reported every year. Moreover, the majority of specialists practice in urban areas, increasing the woes of rural patients.
Hence, the time has come to take note of the current shortcomings in the Indian healthcare system. All relevant and effective measures need to be adopted by the relevant authorities to bring about overall improvement in the health scenario of India.
Source: The Times of India