Centre clears 10,000 more MBBS seats to address shortage of docs

The Centre on Thursday approved a proposal to increase the number of MBBS seats in the country by 10,000 by upgrading existing state and central government medical colleges.

The Centre today cleared a proposal for increasing over 10,000 MBBS seats in government medical colleges across the country by upgrading them to help bring down the doctor-patient ratio.

Of the Rs 10,000 crore proposal, the Centre would bear Rs 7,500 crore and state/Union Territory's share will be Rs 2,500 crore.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs in its meeting today approved the Rs 10,000 crore proposal of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for upgradation of existing state government/central government medical colleges to increase the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) seats.

"This will result in the increase of about 10,000 seats at a total cost of Rs 10,000 crore, with a proposed central assistance share of Rs 7,500 crore and State/Union Territory share of Rs 2,500 crore," said a government release.

The funding pattern under the scheme will be 90:10 by Central and State Governments respectively for North Eastern states and special category states and in the ratio of 70:30 for other states.

The total cost of one MBBS seat is approximately Rs 1.20 crore.

The proposal is aimed at increasing the number of doctors to help bring down the doctor-patient ratio from the current 1:2000 to 1:1000.

At present, there are around 50,000 MBBS seats across the country and government is keen to increase them to address the issue of shortage of doctors. Government is aiming at increasing the MBBS seats across the country to increase doctors for helping reduce the disease burden and work in the unserved areas of the country, especially in the rural hinterland.

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