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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. Where is the dearth of doctors in lndia. There is dearth of posts in govt hospitals

  2. Wrong decision .People having money take degrees from foreign.Mci test is very easy.No Indian doctor is allowed to practice in Europe or America without clearing there exam

  3. All Indian graduates should have to give MCI exam, just as all doctors local or foreign in USA has to give USMLE, then we can weigh them on same scale.

    MCI passing rate is 5%, you have no idea what you are talking about.

    You have a false notion that people buy degrees from abroad, actually in many gulf countries they have caught people who have bought medical degrees from India and pakistan.

    Check out the recent news about fake degrees in Kolkata for instance, they caught 14 doctors last month.

    In India, many colleges take donation and heafty fees and allow to study medical.

    Some government colleges have so bad infrastructure and lact of professors that quality of medical education is doubtable.

    The doctors in India dont have any research going on, no publications, few case reports and that makes them happy.

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    Hemant Painter May 12, 2017, 4:25 pm

    Shortage of doctors?
    Every building in cities have a doctor
    They should have doctors serve in rural areas but also provide facilities. There are too many doctors in the cities.

  5. 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.

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