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PG doctors should serve for 3 months in districts to bolster care: MCI

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The delivery of healthcare services in rural districts would soon get a boost as the Government is working on a robust plan to ramp up the number of doctors. As per the plan, it will be mandatory for postgraduate medical students across the country to serve in a designated district hospital for three months. With this objective, the board of governors at the Medical Council of India has agreed to launch a district residency programme from the current academic session.

“MCI has resolved that all postgraduate medical students of broad specialities shall undertake a rotation in designated district hospitals/district health systems for a period of three months as a part of the course curriculum,” an official document was quoted as saying by an Economic Times report.

The residency programme will be applicable for both private and Government PG students. Those who fail to follow the same would not be allowed to sit for their final exams.

“Satisfactory completion of the residency will be a necessary condition for a candidate to be allowed to appear in the final exam,” it stated.

The move stems from the fact that doctors are found to averse to serve in district hospitals due to several reasons including residence and perk facilities.

A section of experts believe that unnecessary burden on tertiary care hospitals in cities will go down once facilities in terms of number of expert doctors and infrastructures gets an improvement.

As per the report, the programme will be implemented for the PG batch that joined in 2019 and postings will be commenced from mid-2020.

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