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Health ministry shelves proposal of mandatory rural posting for MBBS doctors

New Delhi: The union health ministry has reportedly shelved the proposal of mandatory rural posting for MBBS doctors and is now considering to legally permit practitioners of the Indian Systems of Medicine (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) to practise allopathy in rural areas by getting the required permissions from the Medical Council of India (MCI).

“Compulsory rural posting of MBBS doctors is not working out. That plan has been shelved. There is resistance to mandatory rural posting from doctors. So we are talking to the MCI and IMA on alternative solutions. One potential solution is training Ayush practitioners and paramedics in standard treatment protocols and posting them at rural healthcare settings where shortage of doctors is a huge challenge,” a ministry official has been quoted by Tribune as saying.

The proposal envisages development of training modules in integrated medicine for Ayush practitioners and paramedics who can then be posted in villages to enable treatment access to the rural population. Under the plan, Ayush practitioners and paramedics would administer basic medicine and do referrals for complicated cases.

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