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Doctor Shortage to end by 2022, Govt to More than double MBBS, PG seats: MOS Health

Doctor Shortage to end by 2022, Govt to More than double MBBS, PG seats: MOS Health

Dhanbad: Union minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey said there is a shortage of over 6 lakh doctors in the country now but the crisis would end by 2022, as the number of seats in medical colleges has been increased.

As per population, the country requires 14 to 16 lakh doctors but at present, merely eight lakh doctors are serving the people, he said.

The health ministry has increased seats in medical colleges to achieve the “health service for all” goal of the prime minister, the Minister of State for Health said here.

The medical colleges would produce 67,972 MBBS doctors and 30,228 post-graduate doctors a year, Choubey said, adding that presently the figure is 32,000 MBBS doctors and 12,000 PG doctors.

The increased seats would gradually bridge the gap by 2022, the minister told reporters.

He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to bring down the infant mortality rate and maternal mortality rate in the country.

The prime minister will launch the intensified Mission Indradhanush in Gujarat tomorrow to accelerate progress towards the goal of full immunization coverage, Choubey said.


He inspected the Patliputra Medical College and Hospital and reviewed central government-sponsored health plans.

Source: PTI
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    V.Narayana Reddy October 17, 2017, 10:57 am

    More Medical colleges should be started to fillup the gap as early as possible.Then only ,people can get good treatment at an affordable cost .At present ,villagers are suffering and approaching quacks.

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    DR VENKATESH BABU K V October 14, 2017, 11:53 am

    Start a 1 year bridge course for D.ortho, DGO, DCH, DMRD to upgrade to MD or MS. And remove pg diploma permanently

  3. Honourable Health Minister should also process for enhancement of retirement age of PSU doctors,and doctors all hospitals of government and government undertaking in cabinet meeting to save the ailing health care system of India,this is an urgent step need at present to retain experienced doctors,till now PSU like SAIL COAL INDIA ONGC NTPC etc are not following government order of increasing retirement age of doctors from present age of 60 to 65 years.

  4. Sir I don\’t think increasing age of retirement for doctors to 65 is wise , already railways is suffering by taking such decision where doctors after 60 years of age are getting salary without working they are lethargic seriously

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    Drgmsingh Professor October 11, 2017, 1:09 am

    When doctors after completing the degree abroad, they are not being absorbed in India. They are better than those Indian doctors who get admission in medical colleges in India with 45%.marks.. Because they\’get admission in mbbs course with minimum of 50% marks so to curtail the shortage of mbbs doctors, 25000-30000 doctors who are wandering around with foreign country degree must be absorbed in rural areas by the Govt.

  6. What is the basis of the statement that the docs who procure degrees outside are better than who study here? On the contrary, the fact seems to be that they were too intelligent for the competitive exams here that they could nt get through and had to do degrees outside !!
    The thought of absorbing them in this system agreeable but the previous statements need serious thinking over it.

  7. Ya u will increase their number by reducing the number of exams and adding more negative marking in them.. Increasing seats by including private medical colleges..Who still charge hell lot which impossible Fr many to afford..Only high rankers get gov colleges..Rest who even qualify cannot take expensive colleges..Wats the idea of imposing neet..When things are still same !!