CHENNAI: The Centre has agreed to revisit its decision to scrap 50 per cent reservation for government doctors in post-graduate medical courses after a few states registered their strong protest in the matter at a meeting in New Delhi last week. Besides Tamil Nadu, it is learnt that West Bengal and Punjab also urged the Union government to give more liberty to states in implementing their medical education policy so that State-run hospitals attract better talent.
The meeting was called by the Union health ministry on October 9 to discuss ways to strengthen health services in the states. State Health Secretaries and officials from the Directorate-General of Health Services (DGHS) and Medical Council of India (MCI) participated.
“Some states registered their strong opposition over abolition of reservation for government doctors and said they were following their own method of implementing State and national programmes. They also argued that the Centre cannot intervene in the states’ medical education policies. The Union Health Secretary assured that the Centre will consider their position and asked the states to submit the demands in writing,” a senior health department official told Express.
A few states were following different quota and incentive marks in PG admissions for doctors who served in government hospitals. This was abolished by MCI regulations while giving only limited incentive marks and that too only to doctors who served in government hospitals in remote parts of the State. When the high court also upheld the MCI’s position early this year, several states raised objection and government doctors staged multiple protests since it would put an end to the incentive an MBBS graduate gets while joining government service.