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Shocking: Only One doctor for 17,685 people in Bihar, says Health Minister

Shocking: Only One doctor for 17,685 people in Bihar, says Health Minister

Patna: There is one doctor for every 17,685 persons in Bihar, Health Minister Mangal Pandey has said in the Assembly.

Replying to a query by RJD’s Akhtarul Islam Shaheen during the Question Hour yesterday, Pandey said that doctor-population ratio in Bihar is 1:17,685, as against the national average of 1:11,097.

Shaheen had asked Pandey about the doctor-population ratio in view of World Health Organisation’s (WHO) set parameter of one doctor for every 1,000 people.

The minister said there are 10 lakh registered doctors in the country whereas the number of registered doctors in Bihar stood at 40,043.

Stating that the government is committed to fill the vacant posts of doctors in the state, Pandey said 1,805 general practitioners and 665 specialists have been appointed on the recommendations of Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) in 2016.

Besides, the State Health Society, Patna, is taking steps to appoint specialist doctors under National Health Mission and general doctors under National Urban Health Mission on contract to deal with the shortage of medical practitioners in the state.

Source: PTI
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  1. bihar me nimwali aishi hai ki naye doctor ki bpsc ke through permanent doctor nahi ban sakte.isliye bihari dushre state me job karte hai achha doctor.pahle paishe aur pairvi se contract me bahali hoti hai uske bad 25 no. dekar bpsc me permanent hote hai.exam se nahi interview se samjhe.gdaha bhi interview pass kar jata hai pahle we 25 no. ke karan.bihar me quality doctor ki Kami hai written exam se doctor ki bahali ho,………setting type doctor se patient ko bachao?

  2. The whole delhi private and goverment hopitals are runned by bihari doctors
    There is no job opening in bihar for doctors

  3. The crisis of shortage of doctors is alarming.Opening of new medical colleges & increasing medical seats is good for future,but it will be a big problem for the present crisis.A large chunk of doctors will be recruited in medical colleges.As new private hospitals are being opened in cities,again there will be scarcity of doctors in rural areas.Govt has to find ways & means to solve the present crisis.