Saturday, July 30, 2011

India will produce more doctors 

India is expected to produce over 4,400 more doctors every year as the Medical Council of India (MCI) has increased the number of seats for undergraduate medical course from this year onwards. Around 4,452 have been increased. 

Approximately 2,650 seats have been increased because of the opening of new colleges. And around 1,802 seats have been created as the strength of the existing colleges has increased.

There are 335 medical colleges in India out of which 185 are in private sector and 150 in public sector. So these colleges are likely to produce over 40,000 MBBS doctors every year.

There is a huge gap between demand and supply of the doctors in India and the increase in seats is taken as a positive step in this direction.

According to MCI 86 applications were received by them this year for the permission to start new medical colleges. Out of these 43 were disapproved on scrutiny, and 43 were inspected. Of those inspected, 22 weren't cleared. 21 new colleges were cleared, and out of these16 are in private sector whereas 5 are in public sector.

MCI also received 104 applications from registered colleges for the increase of seats. 43 applications were disapproved on scrutiny, and 61 were inspected. Of those inspected, only 33 have been able to fulfil the criteria. So the colleges which have been approved were given permission to increase their strength.

This move is expected to remove the serious shortages of doctors in the country, as India is short of six lakh doctors, 10 lakh nurses and 2 lakh dental surgeons. All this has led to an adverse patient-doctor ratio here in the country.

Source: The Times of India

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