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Foreign Doctors may soon be allowed to practice in India

Foreign Doctors may soon be allowed to practice in India

New Delhi :Doctors with foreign backgrounds may get a strong ease to practice in India, as the government is mulling over to allow foreign doctors to practise in the country without the need of any examination.

A news report in Indian Express points out that the The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is all set to give the nod to Medical Council of India (MCI) to begin registration of doctors without any test. The proposal vetted by Ministry of Law and Justice will soon be notified.

The reasoning behind this move has been pointed out to be strengthening the human resource requirements of the health sector, which currently suffers from a shortage of more than lakh doctors.

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Till now, the current policy calls for  only Indian citizen doctors with foreign degrees to practice . This comes after clearing the mandatory Foreign Medical Graduates Examination that is required to secure an MCI registration and hence practice in the country. However, the performance of students in the exam have been quite dismal with an average 77 per cent Indian students who returned with a foreign medical degree since 2004 failing to clear the mandatory screening examination conducted by Medical Council of India.

Read more: 77 Percent Indians With Foreign Medical Degree Fail to Clear MCI Screening Since 2004

Meanwhile, foreign doctors have been allowed to study in India and if required MCI would give them temporary registration, following which they can practice in any hospital here. IE adds that the new rule is expected to widen the scope to include doctors from other countries apart from USA, Canada, UK, New Zealand and Australia whose doctors are allowed to practise as per provisions.

While the move is expected to benefit thousands of doctors who are unable to practice in the country, for the want of clearing the MCI test, it remains to be seen how the move would help in solving the manpower crisis in the rural health centres of the country.

Source: With inputs
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  1. It\’s really exiting to know that Indian citizen with Foreign Medical Degree will be allowed to practice in India with out any requirement of MCI screening Exams known as FMGE..thanks
    But can this new amendment of MCI be authenticated ???

    This authentication will really help aspirants & parents to take clear & sharp decision for their future..

    Kindly please help..

  2. Fake news…RTI from Ministry of Health

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    Mr. R. Thacker April 30, 2017, 5:08 pm

    Hello Mr. Manu..
    As such it\’s good to know that Indian Citizens with Foreign Medical Degree will be allowed to practice in India without MCI screening Exams..
    And your view was \” it\’s Fake news \”..
    RTI from ministry of health\”..
    Can u please help us know more & clear truth about it..
    Will be obliged..

  4. India\’s current estimated doctor-population ratio of 1:1700 against targeted ratio of 1: 1000 shows a clear shortage

  5. Its a great news ….☺☺☺☺