Nearly 25,000 British doctors of Indian origin are set to return to India within two to four years to join the seven AIIMS-like institutions proposed to be set up by the central government.
“There are around 15,000 young Indian-origin doctors undergoing training in different parts of Britain who will return to India,” Ramesh Mehta, president of the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin.
“Also, at least 10,000 senior doctors of Indian origin who are retiring from their jobs in the UK, are set to return to India,” said the doctor, currently on an Indian tour.
He said they have already talked to the Indian health ministry and have got a favourable response.
He said the ministry told the association that there will be a problem in finding quality doctors to man the seven new medical colleges modelled after the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
The central government has given a go ahead to seven AIIMS-type medical institutions in Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. Each of these institutes will come up with a cost of Rs.300 crore.