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‘India needs 65 million surgeries a year but only 26 million are conducted’

Chennai: India needs 65 million surgeries per year but only 26 million are conducted, according to Dr Devi Shetty, chairman of Narayana Health. Dr Shetty said the main problem lay in the fact that MBBS doctors rarely go on to do their postgraduation and therefore fail to specialise in any particular field of medicine.

“If you don’t have a PG in this country, you cannot perform procedures like anaesthesia, cannot perform a caesarean or even an ultrasound, so in lots of rural hospitals, there might be a surgeon, but no anaesthesiologist. MBBS students fall short of providing full care,” said Dr Shetty.

While USA has 20,000 seats for medical undergraduation, they have 40,000 seats for postgraduation. In India, though 63,985 seats are available for medical undergraduate students but only 14,500 seats for postgraduation, reports New Indian Express quoting Dr Shetty.

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