Delhi health minister Satyendra Jain on Sunday asserted that the Medical Council of India (MCI) was a major road block in the country for medical education, while calling on the course for MBBS to be reduced from five to three years.
“The course for MBBS should be reduced to three years from five years and MD course duration must be enhanced from three years to five years,” he said after inaugurating Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Medical College — Delhi government’s first medical college.
Explaining the reason behind his demand to make the change in the duration of the course, Jain said the students pursuing the five-year MD course will be able to practice simultaneously.
“The MCI must double the medical seats for government medical collages, as it deals with more than five to six thousand patients in government hospitals, (which is) much higher than private medical collages,” Jain added.
The minister also alleged that the MCI works less for students education and does ‘everything else’ instead.
“MCI is a major road block in India for medical education and MCI has affected the medical education the worst. Their job is not to approve anything but create obstacles. MCI okays to private hospitals very quickly,” Jain added.
Speaking on the current situation of city government hospitals, he said all the hospitals will be renewed and no private ward will be there, adding there will air conditioned wards in each hospital.
“From CM to common man, all will be given equal treatment,” he said.