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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.


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Source: With inputs

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    Nabila Rahman Bristy August 25, 2019, 8:11 pm

    I am a Bangladeshi doctor. I want to practice in India. Can i practice in India?

  2. fmg who taken fmge more than 3 times.or they die of mental stress and agony.

  3. I am a foreigner who will complete medical degree in my countrya and I want to practice in india. May i know which steps/exams i have to clear?

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    Dr. Atul Krishna October 3, 2017, 11:04 am

    Wonderful policy! Both, the Central Government and the MCI deserve appreciation !
    Strangulate good Medical Colleges run by self finance sector in India by making impractical and absurd rules and personal vengeance. Reduce number of seats in Good Medical Colleges, let seats remain vacant in good and recognised Medical Colleges in India by implementing tedious, misdirected procedures of selection and admissions and then cry for shortage of doctors in the country. ? call doctors from the foreign countries to practice in India.
    Why not lease out the whole of the Country to some foreign Country?

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    Dr Geetha Muralidhara July 19, 2017, 5:45 pm

    permission to practice by foreign nationals without proper supervision and legal provisions may lead to substandard medical care to our people.such permission should be granted on due considerations.screening test/interview for specialist cadre by authorised panels in the concerned speciality should be mandatory