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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.

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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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    Rajrajeshwari Saigal January 15, 2017, 9:31 pm

    I agree that Indian citizens with Foreign Medical Degrees eg. from Russia, China etc shoild be allowed to practice in India.They are anytime better than Quacks.They attended medical classes for full 5 to 6 years. They should be allowed to do internship for 6 months in a good institute/Hospital of their choice ,which will refresh their clinical/ practical knowledge.Even Indian MBBS students also learn during Rotatory internship only in various departments.Like this both FMGs & Govt both will benefit. Practice makes a man perfect.So the Govt should notify soon about it. This kind act of Govt will go a long way in improving health sector of the country & also in helping the FMGs settle in life thus the govt will be blessed by innocent souls for times to come & this act of Govt will be remembered well in the history of improvement of Health Care of india without spending much money by the Govt.A\”\” WELL THOUGHT DECISION by the GOVT.\”

  2. After reading aheape of discussions betwen indian drs & foreign drs i think that if foreign degree holders practise in india they will be far better options then quacks slowly arising to the tip of society.Nobody is bothered to look serious deficiency of drs in present scenario but fighting like cats & mouses & proving thier superiority on each other.Just think about it.Thanx

  3. Just bringing in more doctors will not bridge the gap. The problem is with the distribution of the doctors. Will these foreign doctors practice in the same difficult circumstances that many of our colleagues do?
    The powers that be should work more on redistribution of its doctor \’assets\’ rather than correcting statistics. Improving the rural health scenario needs a radical and proactive planning to attract doctors to the underserviced areas and not merely increasing the number of doctors.

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    Dr tejeswara rao January 14, 2017, 8:24 am

    already unemployment in doctors started in spite of lengthy studies so Indians should be prioritised…

  5. ThankstoModi,allowingFmgedoctorstopracticewithoutmcitest