Has the high court just thrown a lifeline to doctor-starved rural India?
Friday, September 11, 2015
That rural India desperately needs more doctors is depressingly clear. …
The health and family welfare ministry set up a task force in 2007 to study the shortfall of health personnel in rural areas and recommend how to rectify it. The task force suggested compulsory rural posting of fresh MBBS graduates and creation of a new cadre of healthcare workers that would require just three years of training, instead of the five years mandated for doctors.
The latter proposal effectively meant introducing a new three-year medical course. But it drew severe criticism from the medical fraternity, with the Indian Medical Association calling it a "dangerous and retrograde move." A parliamentary standing committee also rejected the suggestion. … (So) the course never saw the light of day.
Nearly two years later on 2 September 2015, the Delhi high court, hearing a petition filed by advocate Prashant Bhushan, pulled up the health ministry and the MCI for failing to implement the course.