New Delhi: As per the information provided by the Medical Council of India (MCI), there are a total 9,88,922 allopathic doctors registered with the state medical council or MCI as on June 30, 2016, according to Minister of State for Health Faggan Singh Kulaste.
“Assuming 80 per cent availability, it is estimated that around 7.91 lakh doctors may be actually available for active service. It gives a doctor population ratio of 1:1668 as per current population estimate of 1.32 billion,” Kulaste said on Friday in a written reply in Lok Sabha.
The minister further informed that the union government has left the issue of compulsory rural posting of doctors to the “wisdom” of state governments who are principal employers of doctors, reports ToI.
However, to encourage doctors working in remote and difficult areas, the Medical Council of India (MCI) with the approval of the government has amended the Post Graduate Medical Education Regulations 2000 under which 50 per cent of seats in PG Diploma courses will be reserved for medical officers in government service who have served at least three years in remote and difficult areas among others, said Kulaste.