December 28, 2009

Grace marks for doctors for rural clinics

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad has said that his ministry has come out with certain changes in the MCI regulations, with an aim to provide better healthcare services to the rural population.

He was speaking at the inauguration of the modernised MS Ramaiah Medical Teaching Hospital on Friday.

As per the new guidelines, any MBBS doctor serving in rural area either on ad hoc or contractual basis for one year, would get 10 per cent marks in national entrance examination.
Similarly, if he or she spends two years, he or she will get 20 per cent marks. For spending three years, 30 per cent marks would be allocated in the national entrance examination.

The National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) was suffering because of doctors did not want to work in primary healthcare centres (PHCs) or hospitals in rural areas due to the inadequate working facilities, Azad said. The Minister maintained that it was difficult to push the doctors to work at the PHCs.

South on top “There are 300 medical education institutes in the country, of which 50 per cent are in the private sector and 80 per cent of the institutes are situated in the southern part of the country.

Consequently, the southern states are far better compared to other areas in providing healthcare services,” he said.

The Minister also announced concessions offered to start more private medical institutes.
“For the northern and hilly states, the establishment of a institute is now allowed on 20 acres of land, instead of the stipulated 25 acres,” the Minister said.
He said quality education and proper human resource management would boost medical tourism in the country.

Responding to a query on new appointment to the post of director at NIMHANS as the term of the current director was coming to an end on January 31 next year, the Health Minister said that a search committee would be set up for the appointment of the right candidate, as the number of candidates applying for the post was large. Bangalore, December 25 UNION Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad has said that his ministry has come out with certain changes in the MCI regulations, with an aim to provide better healthcare services to the rural population.
He was speaking at the inauguration of the modernised MS Ramaiah Medical Teaching Hospital on Friday.

As per the new guidelines, any MBBS doctor serving in rural area either on ad hoc or contractual basis for one year, would get 10 per cent marks in national entrance examination.
Similarly, if he or she spends two years, he or she will get 20 per cent marks. For spending three years, 30 per cent marks would be allocated in the national entrance examination.
The National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) was suffering because of doctors did not want to work in primary healthcare centres (PHCs) or hospitals in rural areas due to the inadequate working facilities, Azad said. The Minister maintained that it was difficult to push the doctors to work at the PHCs.

The Minister also announced concessions offered to start more private medical institutes.
“For the northern and hilly states, the establishment of a institute is now allowed on 20 acres of land, instead of the stipulated 25 acres,” the Minister said.
He said quality education and proper human resource management would boost medical tourism in the country.

H1N1 vaccine by March-end
The Health Minister said that the clinical trials for H1N1 vaccines were still going on. The clinical trials on animal and human beings would be over by January and the vaccines will be launched by either end of March or beginning of April next year. The Health Minister said that the clinical trials for H1N1 vaccines were still going on. The clinical trials on animal and human beings would be over by January and the vaccines will be launched by either end of March or beginning of April next year.

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