December 10, 2009

Maharashtra Health Minister for short-term health courses

Maharashtra health minister Suresh Shetty is for changing the norms and pattern of the medical education system so that it could respond to present day requirements.

Speaking to press persons here on Friday, Shetty said instead of the present system that takes six years to complete medical education, the Medical Council of India (MCI) should introduce short-term courses.

There were huge backlog in posts in the department of health in Maharashtra and it has become quite difficult to get enough candidates for the posts of doctors and paramedical staff. The demand was more than the supply in the paramedical field. Short-term medical courses may help get suitable candidates for health services in rural areas, he said adding that MCI has agreed in principle to the proposal to introduce short-term medical courses.

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