Mandatory rural posting of MBBS graduates temporarily put on hold

Thursday, February 13, 2014

New Delhi: The union health ministry has directed the Medical Council of India (MCI) to keep the notification regarding one year mandatory rural posting at a primary health centre (PHC) for MBBS graduates seeking admission to postgraduate medical course in abeyance till further order.

In a meeting with the representatives of agitating medical students here on Thursday Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad clarified that the duration of MBBS course has not been extended by two years. He also made it clear that there is no such proposal.

The health minister also stated that rural posting will not be mandatory for appearing in postgraduate medical examination for the year 2015-16, according to an official statement.


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Comment by Dr Vasantha Thavaraj
2014-02-14 09:17:39

Dear Sir,
This is regarding one year mandatory rural posting. I would like to draw your attention that as it is the 2 months rural posting in many medical colleges, interns do not have proper place to stay. I would like to point recently my known person has cleared internship. You will not believe if I say that the so called hostel given to them did not have a securitry guard manning the hostel.Both girls and boys were feeling insecure. The medical officer of the PHC was doing up and down for his work.One day the window of one of the rooms was broken and a outsider man was walking inside the hostel facility provided for them.The unemployed youth of that village used to make visits to the hostel in their motorbikes and pass remarks at the girls .They were finding difficult to attend calls due to lack of security. How do you expect one full year of rural posting without proper facility, security,food and also facility of health care in PHCS for patients ,
are provided to them???
The team leaders namely CMO, professor of various disciplines should stay and take part in the secondary level health care
Dr Vasantha Thavaraj

Comment by Prof.Dr.Alexander John
2014-02-14 09:51:17

Just a thought –
IF all the above deficiencies are rectified, will our young graduates work in a rural area for a year before starting their PG training?
IF the answer is a YES, then this should be an eye-opener for the Government ! And there is no better time to open the tightly-shut eyes than the election-year!!
Whoever contributes to equitable distribution of health care deserves to be recommended for the highest honour given to Indian citizens .

Prof.Dr.Alexander John,AIMS, Kochi

Comment by Dr Krishna
2014-02-14 13:21:27

It is a highly disturbing that the health ministry wants to make it madatory for Medical graduates to do a one year Rural service to pursue postgarduate studies. Can you expect any quality of learning to the graduates who do this. What kind of health care is possible when the there is no infrastructure.
Why can’t Indian Medical Council start a course similar to what is in Australia, called as Rural Health Medicine.Such courses should have a medium of instruction in vernacular languages and be made attractable to graduates in Rural areas.

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