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Foreign Doctors may soon be allowed to practice in India

Foreign Doctors may soon be allowed to practice in India

New Delhi :Doctors with foreign backgrounds may get a strong ease to practice in India, as the government is mulling over to allow foreign doctors to practise in the country without the need of any examination.

A news report in Indian Express points out that the The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is all set to give the nod to Medical Council of India (MCI) to begin registration of doctors without any test. The proposal vetted by Ministry of Law and Justice will soon be notified.

The reasoning behind this move has been pointed out to be strengthening the human resource requirements of the health sector, which currently suffers from a shortage of more than lakh doctors.

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Till now, the current policy calls for  only Indian citizen doctors with foreign degrees to practice . This comes after clearing the mandatory Foreign Medical Graduates Examination that is required to secure an MCI registration and hence practice in the country. However, the performance of students in the exam have been quite dismal with an average 77 per cent Indian students who returned with a foreign medical degree since 2004 failing to clear the mandatory screening examination conducted by Medical Council of India.

Read more: 77 Percent Indians With Foreign Medical Degree Fail to Clear MCI Screening Since 2004

Meanwhile, foreign doctors have been allowed to study in India and if required MCI would give them temporary registration, following which they can practice in any hospital here. IE adds that the new rule is expected to widen the scope to include doctors from other countries apart from USA, Canada, UK, New Zealand and Australia whose doctors are allowed to practise as per provisions.

While the move is expected to benefit thousands of doctors who are unable to practice in the country, for the want of clearing the MCI test, it remains to be seen how the move would help in solving the manpower crisis in the rural health centres of the country.

Source: With inputs
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  1. Apne qualified doctors ke kaam mein maximum obstructions kaise paida karein aur unko corrupt, kasai (butcher), killer on prowl etc siddh kaise karna hai mein brain storming karke kaam nahin karne dey rahe. Doctor patient relationship karabiner karte hain. Phir bahar walon Ko sar aankhon pe baithaige. Keep it up.

  2. No Need of MC exam
    I The colleges are recognised by MCI

  3. – this is worst step being taken by the central govt – the BJP. Probably the self serving interest of the central health minister / IAS lobby to finish Indian doctors as done by previous Congress governments in case of the Indian Cloth / Leather / several plastic industry in favour of China.
    – Now onwards- the Indian nationals should not promote their kids to become doctors because it is the most hated and vindicated profession.

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    B SasiKumar Menon April 18, 2017, 7:22 pm

    The decision of the government is 101% correct. When we have mbbs doctors coming from universities abroad already approved by MCI and then making them only write another exam to qualify for practice and students from Indian universities skipping the screening test before practice is questionable as both universities are approved by MCI or WHO. Either both of them have to be made to pass the scteening test before practice or totally scrap the test for foriegn students having qualification from approved universities.
    Screening test for both local and foreign educated mbbs students is a step in the right direction.

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    dr vishwanath lai April 8, 2017, 11:18 pm

    this ..will be a big blunder..!!they should not be allowed until they clear exam…

  6. Nobody is saying that they would be given registration without clearing any exam, just that they will give the same EXIT exams on equal terms as students who had completed their studies in India. They will give NEXT exam it not the Screening test which some say have lost it\’s credibility. Under the influence of private medical college mafias who pay or give benefits to MCI members and to the NBE examinators who in turn keep the level of difficulty of questions very high. No doubt only about 10-15% of foreign graduates pass it. Having had NEXT exam same for foreign medical graduates and Indian medical graduates
    these allegations would be eliminated.