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BAMS to fill up MBBS vacancies in Maharashtra

BAMS to fill up MBBS vacancies in Maharashtra

Mumbai: Facing acute shortages of allopathy practitioners to provide care in the public healthcare centres of the state, the Maharashtra government has now turned to Ayurveda graduates to fill up its vacancies.

Confirming the same, a top health official stated that all vacant medical posts across centres including public hospitals shall be filled up with a deadline of two months and that the responsibility of hiring the doctors has been given to district collectors rather than officials of the Directorate of Health Services (DHS).

As a part of their responsibility, the district collector would publish advertisements walk-in interviews, select candidates and send the recommendations to the state. While obviously preference would be given to MBBS candidates,  if there are not enough applications from MBBS candidates, they will fill up the posts with Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) candidates who are eager to work in rural and tribal areas.  The appointment will be for 11 months which can be extended until an MBBS doctor is appointed.

Justifying the move, Vijay Satbir Singh, additional chief secretary (health) explained to HT, “In a rough comparison, we have 100 applications from BAMS doctors against one from an MBBS doctor. We will fill these posts on a temporary basis, so that every citizen has access to medical care.”


The move comes in the light of severe shortage of medical practitioners in the government hospitals and in particular in the primary health centres of the state. Currently the state has more than  100 district and sub-district government hospitals, 12 maternity hospitals, as well as 1,811 primary health centres. Each PHC is supposed to have at least two doctors (MBBS or PG degrees) but vacancies go upto as high as one third, reports DNA

The move has strongly met opposition from Indian Medical Association who alleged  government should focus on improving infrastructure and wages, instead of hiring BAMS doctors. “It will not only affect the quality of medical care, but also promote cross-pathy — the practice of prescribing homoeopathy and ayurvedic drugs along with allopathy medicines — as these doctors will end up prescribing allopathic medicine with no training whatsoever. Doctors ignore the posts due to red-tape, low salaries and bad infrastructure, not because of the village or tribal setting,” Dr Sagar Mundada, Youth Wing President of IMA told HT.

Source: with inputs


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  1. Ayush vidhya ,homeopath , unani hakim etc should talk and practice what they have learned, if at all it is sense . Let them try to talk modren medicine and fool pple as they are experts. With such type of pple public should save themselves please. YOGA is form of exercise , brisk walk for 20 minutes wl have more benefits. It is some ideology which is driving India backwards. It is sad. Ignorance is bliss in our country

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    Kamlesh Baranwal May 18, 2017, 11:50 am

    Very good decision

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    Dr Rajendra Rendalkar May 18, 2017, 6:59 am

    Kindly Note the Following :
    1) Over 50% of Lady MBBS doctors are not in active pracitce. They fear to join Govt Service on account of high handedness by higher authorities, disrespect from administration and poor personal security.
    Remove the age – barrier and more doctors would join.
    2) Every Doctor from Maharashtra is willing to work at below zero degree temperature of Scotland …. B\’coz it is well managed by the NHS of UK.
    3) I plead to the Maharashtra Govt & its administrators to start a dialogue with doctors. We will all come out and work for the poor & under privileged of this state Only …. \’if WE are treated with Respect\’.
    \’Do not under rate a person who has taken great efforts to acquire an MBBS qualification. The UK Govt has well recognised the merits of Indian MBBS doctors\’.
    4) It is time our administrators realize that \’Health management\’ requires a specialized approach, and cannot be brushed away by hiring \’non – MBBS\’ graduates. With due respect to all branches of Medicine, (pathies), please UNDERSTAND the difference between a doctor and a vaidya.
    Thank you.

  4. Please add BUMS ( Unani ) also