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Available medical seats highly inadequate for students: President at AIIMS convocation

Available medical seats highly inadequate for students: President at AIIMS convocation

New Delhi: Expressing a serious concern over the “highly inadequate” number of medical education seats in the country, President Ram Nath Kovind said various regulatory impediments that had prevented the growth would have to be overcome.

He said this while addressing the 45th convocation of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

Kovind, who talked at length about the “gaps” that remained between a good healthcare system and the population of the country, said that in the absence of the stipulated number of doctors, the workload on the existing ones was “very high” and that this situation needed to be addressed “very urgently”.”I would say unrealistically high,” he said, referring to the pressure on a doctor in the country.”I recognise that I am placing a big responsibility on the capable shoulders of our doctors. I acknowledge that our doctors need help.

They need help in the form of more colleagues and this is where we need a new regulatory system to enhance the availability of doctors and medical professionals in our society,” the president added. He pointed out that the medical colleges, run by the government or private entities, had about 67,000 undergraduate seats and 31,000 post-graduate seats currently and said, “In a country of 1.3 billion people, this is highly inadequate.”The country had to overcome the “regulatory bottlenecks” and “interest groups” that had prevented the growth of a quality medical education, Kovind added.”This gives us far fewer medical graduates and postgraduates every year than our people need.

It also leads to aspiring medical students seeking admission in colleges in other countries, simply because they have limited options at home,” he said and added that such a situation was “simply not acceptable”.”We need to address this situation very urgently.

We need to create more opportunities for those young people who want to make medicine their calling,” the president said.

He lauded the students and faculty of the premier medical institute, saying that the AIIMS had become “a byword for quality, commitment and a rich experience”.”The faculty and doctors, as well as, of course, the students, are the pride of our medical fraternity and our nation.

I must compliment every member of the AIIMS family for keeping up these exceptional standards, despite very difficult circumstances,” the president said. He told the students that their services were needed by the world more than ever before and reminded them that they needed “give back to the society”.”It is true that you need to be legitimately rewarded for your academic excellence, your medical skills and your expertise.

Yet, as doctors, your services must be available both to those who can afford your fees and also to those who are less fortunate and cannot afford (the fees),” he said.

A disease did not distinguish between the rich and poor but unfortunately, the poor suffered the most, the president said, adding that it was for the society to profit from medical science and “not for medical science to profiteer from the society”.”The patients and their families have a great trust in you and they see you as next to god. It is upon you to ensure that the trust is given the due respect and that you treat them with care and compassion,” he told the graduating students.

Kovind expressed some of his other concerns like ensuring full immunisation to the children across the country.”Despite the progress we have made, gaps remain. For example, Indian companies are among the world’s biggest manufacturers of vaccines. These vaccines are supplied across the globe.”Our innovative medical scientists have even developed new vaccines.

Even so, our own immunisation record remains below the desirable levels,” he said. Many of our children, the president said, particularly in the far-flung and difficult-to-access areas, did not get the full course of immunisation.

He praised the Union government’s projects which aimed to achieve these targets.

Source: PTI
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  1. A President with a vision, one who understand the needs of the society.No doubt change has to come in the medical education and medical qualification registration system. Rules should enable more doctors , specialists and superspecialists to register themselves as specialists.

  2. Honourable President
    One one hand we say we lack doctors, on the other hand our age old \”licence raj\” system maintained by MCI act , 1956 do not allow for example highly talented foreign educated postgraduates to practice medicine as a specialist in India.Many Indian doctors go abroad to do specialisation , many FMGs after passing screening test and having had got MCI registration ,have continued their postgraduation a in the countries where they did their basic degree.Now these doctors are facing a very challenging situation -MCI degrades them to MBBS saying their postgraduate degrees are not recognised and thus MCI cannot register their \”additional qualifications \”. People have gone to courts , courts have dismissed the writ petitions saying they consider MCI as an expert body to decide whom to give recognition and whom to not give recognition.A state of hopelessness exists among postgraduates who have really worked hard , gained expertise ,some have vast experience , many are academics teachers at foreign institutions, others are consultants, researchers etc.

    We say one hand that we want to lessen the burden on existing doctors but on the other hand our registering bodies ie MCI acts so restrictively as if it is a club of certain group of doctors,not necessarily thinking about India\’s needs.

    According to some estimates about 22% of specialist job vacancies are vacant in different government institutions.Even premier institutions like AIIMS etc find it difficult to find specialist/ superspecialists.

    Thus kindly make provisions to register foreign educated Indian citizens as specialist doctors in the forthcoming NMC bill or make amendments in the present MCI act 1956 to increase the number of specialists in the system.

    Thanking you
    A hopeful Indian citizen with foreign postgraduate superspecialisation.