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10 ways how Government is addressing Shortage of Doctors: Health Minister Apprises Parliament

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10 ways how Government is addressing Shortage of Doctors: Health Minister Apprises Parliament

New Delhi: Through a written reply, the MOS Health, Shri Ashwani Kumar Choubey recently informed about the various steps taken by the government to issue the address of shortage of doctors in the country.

Stating that India had a doctor-population ratio of 1:884 when considering both Allopathy and AYUSH practitioners together, the minster informed that the Central Government has taken various remedial steps to increase number of doctors and Specialists in the country.

These steps include:

(i) The ratio of teachers to students has been revised from 1:1 to 1:2 for all MD/MS disciplines and 1:1 to 1:3 in subjects of Anaesthesiology, Forensic Medicine, Radiotherapy, Medical Oncology, Surgical Oncology and Psychiatry in all medical colleges across the country. Further, teacher: student ratio in public funded Government Medical Colleges for Professor in MD/MS courses has been increased from 1:2 to 1:3 in all clinical subjects and for Associate Prof. from 1:1 to 1:2 if the Associate Prof. is a unit head. This would result in increase in number of specialists in the country.

(ii) DNB qualification has been recognized for appointment as faculty to take care of shortage of faculty.

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(iii) Enhancement of maximum intake capacity at MBBS level from 150 to 250.

(iv) Enhancement of age limit for appointment/ extension/ re-employment against posts of teachers/dean/principal/ director in medical colleges from 65-70 years. (v) relaxation in the norms of setting up of Medical College in terms of requirement for land, faculty, staff, bed/bed strength and other infrastructure.

(vi) Strengthening/upgradation of State Government Medical Colleges for starting new PG courses/Increase of PG seats.

(vii) Establishment of New Medical Colleges by upgrading district/referral hospitals preferably in underserved districts of the country.

(viii) Strengthening/ upgradation of existing State Government/Central Government Medical Colleges to increase MBBS seats.

(ix) Requirement of land for establishment of medical college in metropolitan cities as notified under Article 243P(c) of the Constitution of India has been dispensed with.

Also, in order to encourage doctors to work in remote and difficult areas, the Medical Council of India, with the previous approval of Central Government, has amended the Post Graduate Medical Education Regulations, 2000 to provide:

 50% reservation in Post Graduate Diploma Courses for Medical Officers in the Government service, who have served for at least three years in remote and difficult areas; and

 Incentive at the rate of 10% the marks obtained for each year in service in remote or difficult areas as upto the maximum of 30% of the marks obtained in the entrance test for admissions in Post Graduate Medical Courses.

The minister further informed that under the National Health Mission (NHM), financial and technical support is provided to States/UTs to strengthen their healthcare systems including support for insourcing or engagement of doctors, specialist doctors and other staff on contractual basis, based on the requirements posed by the States/UTs in their Programme Implementation Plans (PIPs) within their overall resource envelope. Support is also provided to States/UTs for hard area allowance to specialist doctors for serving in rural and remote areas and for their residential quarters so that they find it attractive to serve in public health facilities in such areas. The States are also encouraged to adopt flexible norms for engaging specialists at public health facilities. These include various mechanisms for ‘contacting in’ and ‘contracting out’ of specialist services, empanelling private medical facilities to provide requisite Specialists and other methods of engaging specialists outside the government system for service delivery at public facilities and the mechanism to include requests for these in the state Program Implementation Plans (PIP) under the National Health Mission. Also, States are advised to put in place transparent policies of posting and transfer, and ensure rational deployment of doctors.

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  1. Whole world is facing shortage of doctors. But in india FMGs are languishing for not allowed to practice. What a irony?

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    Kuntal Biswas . July 2, 2019, 11:04 am

    To over come the shortage of doctor ,bds to mbbs bridge course is essential.

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    Dipankar Sarkar June 29, 2019, 9:47 pm

    Sensible thinking . I\’ d like to add how much more budgetary allocations will be needed to materialize this & time frame in step by step is to work out .

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    Dr surendra kumar saxena June 27, 2019, 10:02 am

    This appears to be a head less activity to over come the shortage without giving a serious thought as regards quality and training,mere making doctors in quantity wise will result, what we are seeing in engineering colleges today.
    It is really a matter of great surprise that govt.did not showed any cocern as regards creation of National Health Services,Medical Mannual,Indain Medical Serviices to provide an independent status to Health services,they are unable to differetiate between Professional services and occupational services like IAS etc.
    It is pertinant to not that doctors are working round the clock 24×7 wthout any holiday while others like Judiciary,All India Services enjoy 52 sunday,12 second saturday,12 fourth saturday,16 Natonal Holidays apart from other perks and privileges including foreign tours etc.
    These services needs drastic changes and independence otherwise all will go in Private sector and will be in the hands of Corporates what seems today.

  5. Increasing mbbs seats will not solve with proper exit exam to prove quality doctors and why don\’t you cutoff from 150 marks to 120 in FMGE students in Mci screening test. This also help increasing mbbs doctors but without infra you are allowing more seats to colleges is purely political advantage purpose only. Not on realty focus on service at villages.

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