Tag Archives: Shortage of Doctors

Opinion: India needs more GPs than specialists – A roadmap to making this a reality

“We are producing about 50,000 doctors every year, still we have a deficiency of doctors. We don’t know where these doctors are and what they are doing. One thing the Medical Council of India has failed is to keep a track of the registered medical practitioners to know about their whereabouts,” said Keshav Desiraju, former secretary, union ministry of health and family welfare, while speaking at the 2nd National Conference of Family Medicine and Primary Care held recently in New Delhi.

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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).

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Over 2,000 primary health centres in the country functioning without doctor

New Delhi: As per Rural Health Statistics (RHS) Bulletin 2014, a total of 2225 (8.89%) Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in the country are functioning without doctor, 9825 (39.26%) PHCs without lab technician and 5739 (22.94%) PHCs without a pharmacist, Shripad Yesso Naik, minister of state for health and family welfare, informed the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

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Don’t force young doctors to serve in rural areas

The acute shortage of doctors in India, especially in rural areas, is a nuisance for the government, a problem that has not been successfully tackled till now. The forced compulsion of one year of rural service after five and a half years MBBS course, just to be merely eligible to apply for a PG seat is however a futile, ineffective and vastly unpopular method to fill this shortage. Not surprisingly, the new government has decided to scrap the proposal of one-year compulsory rural-service after completion of MBBS and asked the Medical Council of India (MCI) to include it instead as a part of the PG course. But that alone is not the solution.

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Over 500 posts of doctors lying vacant in top govt hospitals in Delhi

New Delhi: More than 500 posts of doctors are lying vacant in top government hospitals in Delhi namely All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Safdarjung Hospital, Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital and Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC) & associated hospitals.

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10,000 more MBBS seats or few more votes?

The Cabinet has approved creation of 10,000 more MBBS seats in government medical Colleges. Though a welcome step on the face of it but it has to be seriously looked into why an outgoing Govt is making such drastic decisions in its few remaining months of power. Such grandiose schemes are suspicious by their very magnanimity.

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329 faculty posts lying vacant at AIIMS, New Delhi

New Delhi: As many as 329 faculty posts at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi and 125 faculty posts at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh are lying vacant, according to Union Heath Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.

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BSc (Community Health): Panacea for rural health?

There is no dispute on the fact that rural healthcare in India is abysmal and drastic steps are needed to rectify the same. There is also no doubt that this involves a multipronged approach. A community health worker (Anganwadi worker, multipurpose health worker), a nurse practitioner, a pharmacist and a doctor available along with the infrastructure, medicine supply with improved connectivity (roads), electricity, safe water supply are all prerequisites to improved rural healthcare.

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Rural stint to become mandatory for MBBS doctors aspiring to pursue PG degree

New Delhi: The union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has reportedly signed a regulation that makes a year-long rural stint mandatory for MBBS doctors who want to pursue a postgraduate medical degree (MD, MS) in the country.

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Himachal to hire 100 doctors through walk-in interviews

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh will recruit 100 doctors through walk-in interviews to overcome the acute shortage of doctors in the state, Health Minister Kaul Singh said here on Thursday.

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