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Creation of Indian Medical Service Cadre: Doctors waiting for Centre, Centre Waiting for states response

Creation of Indian Medical Service Cadre: Doctors waiting for Centre, Centre Waiting for states response

New Delhi: The much awaited demand of the medical fraternity  to have a separate all India Cadre for medical personnel, similar to that as IAS and IPS, may have to wait much longer as the centre has forwarded the proposal to the various state governments for their reply. Only 6 six states till now have responded to the proposal with their views, the Minister of State for Health, Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey informed the parliament.

The minister was responding to the question recently raised in Lok Sabha, asking whether the Government proposes to create Indian Medical Services as separate cadre to attract talented and eminent doctors in the Government health sector and if so, the details and present status thereof

The minister informed that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare referred the matter of creation of All India Medical Service to a Committee constituted for Cadre Review of the Central Health Service (CHS) to examine, among others, the need for creation of an All India Medical Service.

Following the recommendation of Cadre Review Committee, the Ministry has requested all States/UTs to offer their views on the proposal of creation of All India Medical Services so that the Ministry could firm up its proposal.

The comments of 06 States, viz Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Sikkim, Goa and Mizoram and 02 Union Territories, viz Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Andaman and Nicobar Islands have been received so far. While the Governments of Goa, Mizoram, Andaman & Nicobar Administration and UT of Dadra & Nagar Haveli have supported the proposal, the Kerala and Sikkim Governments have not supported the proposal. The Government of Andhra Pradesh has requested to come up with a comprehensive proposal incorporating the best practices in other countries for addressing the manpower needs in the two sectors of health services and medical services, the minister added.

Creation of a separate Cadre has been longstanding demand of government doctors, going back to the year 1977. After being in Limbo for the past 4 decades, it seems that the proposal is finally moving forward at the government’s end. However, further development is only dependent on the responses of the respective state governments.

What is IMS Cadre

The Proposal put forward is to create a common All India Medical Service Cadre similar to that  to that as IAS and IPS, to administer all medical personnel working in the government setup across the country. Currently, at the policy making level, bureaucrats handle the administrative issues of highly technical branch of health.

At various facility levels , clinicians are given the additional task of facility management.

The  creation of separate cadre of Indian Medical Services will lead to better administration of healthcare services. Doctors have pointed out that currently there is a technical gap between planning, execution and followup of specialized services and general services in the government. For instance, an IAS may be a good administrator but may not understand the intricacies of the healthcare sector. Similarly, a doctor may be excellent in his clinical practice, but not be as good as an administrator. IMS will create a special breed of administrators that specialize in healthcare, leading to better management and innovation

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    Dr Somedeb Gupta January 9, 2019, 5:14 pm

    I support Indian medical services proposal & should be done as soon as possible.

  2. As a one time opportunity all Doctors irrespective of age should be allowed to sit the qualifying examination when implemented .

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    Dr. Kailash Charokar MS, MBA(HA), PGDHA, Dip in QM & Six-Sigma January 2, 2019, 6:38 am

    A strategic move indeed. The Govt. Should fix up timelines and take this matter on Priority, especially looking into the present state of affairs in Health, and Health Education Sectors.
    Could prove to be an effective move.

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    Dr Shobha Srivastava January 2, 2019, 3:54 am

    This will serve o purpose, neither will it help patients

  5. To help patients doctors are there Madam..
    This is to improve Health of the Administration of the Health Care System and not to treat the Individual Patient !!!

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    Dr.Dharmendra Kumar January 1, 2019, 5:57 am

    Indian Medical Service cadre with all India transfer liability will not fulfill the healthcare needs of state.For administrative purposes MBBS graduates are civil services aspirants appearing through Medical science subjects are sufficient to take care the administrative needs.If Govt is trying to merge the cadre of Railway,CGHS,and Indian ordinance factories post to create Indian Medical service cadre then it will become a misnomer bcz Govt have to surrender these posts according to upliftment of state govt. health services by formulating other path to deliver health care by privatizing those hospitals and health establishment and insuring those employee to avail health facility.

  7. NO sir…A national level exam and a state level interview for posting …IMS exams and training will be to train the Individual at Desinated IMS admin colleges and then depute as probabtionaries under state admin….
    Only thing is here the Individual will be trained specifically in Medical Admin unlike a MBBS with IAS..