In order to bridge the void between rural patients and doctors, government has announced a relaxation of 10% for the MBBS aspirants, who are willing to work for the rural lot for some 5-7 years. Further, those failing to work in state-run hospitals after completion of the course could face 5 year imprisonment, along with suspension of their license.
The decision has been approved of by the cabinet members on 9th September, Monday and soon the body will introduce a bill called Maharashtra Designation of Certain Seats in Government and Municipal Corporations Medical colleges in the legislature to make it a law. “The decision has been taken to ensure that we have enough doctors to man the primary health centres and other rural health facilities in rural, hilly or remote areas. Students getting a seat under the quota will have to sign a bond. Any breach would attract imprisonment of 5 years, as well as cancellation of degrees Only those with the state’s domicile certificate can opt for the quota,” said Dr TP Lahane, head of Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER).
To this, the former Dean of KEM hospital Dr. Avinash Supe said the decision was bold enough but should be complimented by providing them with upgraded infrastructure. “There will be many takers but the state need to ensure that the centres have updated facilities and infrastructure is well maintained. We shouldn’t allow their skills to go wasted. Else they won’t benefit the society after 5 years,” he added.