The Rajya Sabha minister J P Nadda announced earlier today that new medical colleges would be established under a centrally sponsored scheme for ‘Establishment of Medical Colleges attached with existing District/Referral hospitals. These new medical colleges will be set up in 58 districts, resulting in an increase of 5,800 MBBS seats in the country, the Parliament was informed today. There has always been a constant complain regarding the number of medical seats available for candidates in the country. The building of new colleges with upgraded infrastructure would certainly help to ease the current situation.
J P Nadda said, “In the first phase, total 58 districts have been identified. This initiative would result in increase of 5,800 MBBS seats in the country”. The acute shortage of medical doctors in the country serving in the rural areas is a major issue of concern. The government has paid less attention towards assuring at least 6% of the GDP to allocate for the health sector. Along with it the fund crunch has led to stagnancy in establishing medical colleges under the state governments. Indian the government has failed to provide adequate medical services to its citizens due to lack of qualified doctors and infrastructure, private medical colleges have come up to make up the gap. Thus this piece of news is sure to bring some relief.
The criteria for identification of districts under the scheme, J P Nadda said, are district hospitals/referral hospital with bed strength of 200 or more, districts where there is no medical college and preference to under-served areas. Nadda also said that the timeline for establishing super speciality blocks depends upon the receipt of various due approvals of EFC and CCEA. We can only hope for the resolution to build new medical colleges to get successfully passed in the Parliament.
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