MBBS doctors will have to serve in rural areas compulsorily for 1 year from 2015-16, announced the Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha on 17 December 2013.
He said that the MBBS students applying for admission to post-graduate medical courses from academic year 2015-16 will have to undertake a mandatory rural posting at a public health centre (PHC) for one year.
This decision has been taken after the proposal of Medical Council of India (MCI) to amend the Post Graduate Medical Education Regulations Act, 2000 in this regard got approved by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, said Azad.
The minister further said that there is a considerable deficit in the number of doctors in the country. There’s a requirement of around 2,489 doctors in primary health centers across the nation.
Stating about the current requirement, Azad said that there has been a shortfall of 3,459 surgeons, 3,005 obstetricians and gynecologists, 3,667 physicians, 3,270 pediatricians and a total of 13,477 specialists in community health centers across the country as on 31 March 2012.
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