The central government has said that over 15,000 additional MBBS seats will be created nationwide to improve the existing dismal ratio of 1 doctor for every 2000 persons.
At a time when the whole country is experiencing a stiff scarcity of doctors to the point that availability of doctors has shrunk to a dismal 0.5 for every 1000 person, the health ministry has proposed to create an additional 15,800 MBBS seats nationwide.
The Health Minister on Friday informed the Lok Sabha about the proposal.
“The current doctor-population ratio in the country is approximately 1:1,700, yielding a density of 0.5 doctors per thousand people, which is not adequate,” Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad, said in a statement.
Azad also stated that according to a high-level expert group report which was presented to the Planning Commission, an additional 187 medical colleges will be required in all under-served districts across the country during the 12th and 13th Plans.
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The government has already approved three centrally sponsored schemes for upgrading 58 district hospitals into medical colleges, in addition to increasing undergraduate as well as postgraduate seats at government medical colleges.
With the vision of facilitating the necessary resources for more medical colleges, the government has amended the regulations for student-ratio ratio, bed occupancy, bed strength, admission capacity, land requirement etc., said the minister.