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IMA and AHPI Support Save the Doctor Movement to Equalise PG and UG Seats

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By Sruti Ghosal, ENN

Indian Medical Association and Association of healthcare providers India along with Medical students announced a nationwide movement with the main goal of equalizing UG and PG medical seats. The second agenda of this movement is to include rural posting to be part of internship and post graduate training. A large number of students who complete their UG find themselves clueless as suddenly they find their future to be very bleak. A student who wants to specialize doesnt get the opportunity to fulfill his/her dreams because of the lack of PG seats as compared to the UG seats said Dr. Banik who completed his MBBS six months back.

Apart from the medical student community, this movement has witnessed eminent persons from the medical fraternity. Dr. Devi Shetty, founder of Narayana Hrudayalaya is playing a very vital role in driving this movement. According to him, It is a sad plight that nearly two lakh young doctors in our country at the peak of their youth spend few years in coaching classes mugging MCQs rather than treating patients and learning the art of healing. These young doctors under the right circumstances can significantly improve the quality of healthcare offered to our citizens.

Statistics show that in India there are 45,600 UG seats which is likely to reach 50,000 in the coming years. On the other hand there are only 12,000 PG seats which becomes the target for one lakh MBBS doctors. In comparison to this USA has 19,000 UG seats and around 32,000 PG and Fellowship seats. Dr. Narendra Saini, Secretary General IMA said, In the present situation making rural posting compulsory is not a feasible idea because there is no structured posting in rural areas. Every medical officer during his tenure is entitled for at least 4-5 promotions. For every promotion, one year rural posting can be made mandatory.

Today India is facing the gravest problem of maternal mortality rate and infant mortality rate. The government is spending an enormous sum to reduce these incidence but they are unable to detect the root cause. The main problem is not lack of funds but lack of specialists. Dr. Navneet Motreja, Coordinator, Campaign, said, if situation does not change, we are not far from importing surgeons from other countries.

This movement is a call for the nation to take action to save the future. AHPI and IMA and the medical student community have already submitted a petition to Hon. Health Minister, Central Government. This movement is a landmark initiative from the medical fraternity to introduce a change in the age old practices.

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