In an endeavour to ramp up number of specialists across the country, the Government has set the ball rolling to add 10, 000 more PG medical seats to the Government medical colleges. The Board of Governors – vested with powers of the MCI has decided to start the District Residential Programme from the academic session of 2020-21. The move to increase PG seats is aimed to improve the availability of specialist doctors across the country and to facilitate the Programme, as per a TOI report.
Under the District Residential Programme, it will be mandatory for PG students to serve in district hospitals for three months.
Earlier, some states had raised objections for the Residential Programme on the merit that sending students to district hospitals will affect availability of doctors in hospitals attached to medical colleges.
At present, there are over 23,000 PG and 68,500 undergraduate medical seats in both government and private colleges across the country.
India is in dire straits in terms of availability of specialists doctors. In the light of an unprecedented increase in non-communicable and lifestyle diseases like cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular and kidney issues, specialists are needed. As per the Health Ministry data, our country faces a shortfall of around 82% specialists including surgeons, physicians and pediatricians. As per the report, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Haryana are among the States which face over 90 percent shortage of specialists.