New Delhi: A Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare has come down heavily on the union health and family welfare minister Ghulam Nabi Azad’s proposal to introduce the Bachelor of Science (Community Health) course to plug the huge shortfall of medics in the rural healthcare sector.
“The prospect of producing half-baked doctors through the introduction of such courses would endanger the lives of the patients,” the panel headed by BSP MP Brajesh Pathak said.
The panel wondered “why the ministry was shying away from making rural service mandatory for the young doctors passing out of the government medical institutes?”
It pointed out that since the Planning Commission had mooted a proposal to set up medical colleges in each district during the 12th Plan Period, it would automatically ensure that there would be more doctors.
In order to meet the immediate need for medics, the panel sought the appointment of graduates and postgraduates from the AYUSH stream, which follows the Indian system of medicine, as doctors. [Source: IE]