In a shocking revelation made by Medical Council of India (MCI), for every 2,000 patients, the country has only one doctor. The interesting, yet shocking data has been formed by the ministry of health and family welfare.
According to the information provided by MCI, the total number of doctors (allopathic) registered in the country till 31st July is around 8,56,000, out of which approximately six lakh are presently active practitioners.
All efforts in vain
The current doctor-population ratio has been worked out to be approximately 1:2,000. The information was laid out by union minister of health and family welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. Though the ministry claimed that a large number of steps have been taken to address shortage of doctors, specialists and faculty in the country, all efforts in this regard seem to be in vain.
Ray of hope
"The norms for setting up of a medical college in terms of requirement for land, faculty, staff, bed strength and other infrastructure have been relaxed. Forty-six new medical colleges have been set up between 2009 and 2011," Azad informed.
Steps taken by govt
>> Teacher-student ratio has been relaxed to increase the seats at postgraduate level.
>> DNB qualifications have been recognised for appointment to various faculty posts in medical colleges.
>> Maximum intake capacity at MBBS level has been increased from 150 to 250.
>> Maximum age for appointment of faculty has been enhanced from 65 to 70 years.
>> Under the scheme of 'strengthening and upgrade of state government medical colleges, financial support to state medical colleges is being provided to increase postgraduate seats in various disciplines or to start new postgraduate medical courses.