Shortage of doctors: Government plans more specialists

Sources in the government said the College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPS), Mumbai and the National Board of Examinations that awards DNB, were asked to ensure 10,000 specialists each every year.

Published: 25th September 2018 05:33 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th September 2018 05:33 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: To deal with shortage of specialist doctors in the country, the Union Health and Family Welfare ministry has taken some measures for meeting the gap in the country. Sources in the government said the College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPS), Mumbai and the National Board of Examinations that awards DNB, were asked to ensure 10,000 specialists each every year.

The direction to this effect was issued last week ahead of the official launch of PM’s flagship insurance scheme that offers secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation services for about 50 crore Indians. The scheme was launched in Ranchi on Sunday. Making changes in the Indian Medical Council Act 1956, the Health Ministry in December last year had notified that all the diploma courses, conducted by the CPS will be considered as a recognised qualification retrospectively from 2009.

This effectively meant the CPS diploma holders could be hired as specialists in public as well as private hospitals. Sources in the health ministry said that the move was intended to make up for the huge shortfall of specialists particularly gynaecologists, paediatrician and anaesthesiologists in the government hospitals.

“About 5,000 government hospitals have been roped in for the Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana. Unless, we have adequate number of specialist doctors, how can we ensure that beneficiaries get the required hospitalisation facilities and proper care?” said a senior government official.


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  • Kabir

    Does this mean that a person doing DMRE Radio can practice in Uttar Pradesh?
    4 years ago reply
  • Black Cobra

    There are NO merit doctors
    4 years ago reply
  • Pravin

    Hmmm That’s right But still Gujarat medical council is against it It’s not giving permenant registration without one year rural ship Which is sad If MCI is approving CPS then GMC Shouldn’t oppose I have mci gdo registration But GMC is not giving me permenant registration number and because of that I am not sure weather I am eligible for PC &PNDT Registration or not? So I am confused what to do
    4 years ago reply
  • Sanket Patel

    And here in gujarat goverment is not giving registration to CPS qualified doctors..
    4 years ago reply
  • Dr Paras Patel

    Gujarat medical council is not giving registration to cps DMRE / DOrtho /DDV Etc. Sepecialist doctors who are legally eligible for registration... CPS diploma course are recognized in Gujarat by gov. Of Gujarat notification no MCG/10/2011/460646/J. More than 1000 students took admission after that..after completing course students went to Gujarat medical council for their additional qualifications registration.. But GMC denied to give registration saying that your course is not recognized in gmc... So more than 100 doctors are sitting at home due to gmc... 1 doctor see around 150-200 pts/day 100 doctors can see - 15000-20000 pts/day In a month 450000-600000 pts can be treated Thousands of people are dying in india and Gujarat due to lack of specialist.. Government have legally eligible specialist but not giving registration hence thousands of people are dying... Only responsible for this is.... Only public can decide who is responsible...
    4 years ago reply
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