July 22, 2011

Govt snubs MCI, to start its PG course

The Gujarat government has resolved to bypass the Medical Council of India (MCI) and start its own specialised post-graduate medical course with a view to end the shortage of specialised medicos in the state.

Under the plan, the Gujarat government will take permission of the state unit of MCI to start the PG teaching and training in various courses rather than wait for the MCI permission. The courses are likely to start from the next academic year.

The decision has been taken in view of the fact that MCI took a long time in granting permission for PG medical courses and its conditions are also tough. Almost 50 per cent PG seats in most medical colleges remain vacant leading to a perpetual shortage of specialised medicos in Gujarat.

According to officials, most of the state’s medical colleges and hospitals have the latest equipment, but they remained unutilised or under-utilised owing to a shortage of specialists. The alternative plan is being adopted on the pattern existing in neighbouring Maharashtra.

But there is a drawback. PG candidates recognised only by the Gujarat unit of MCI will not be able to practice or get jobs in other states unless the latter recognise them.

“But they will be able to work as private practitioners and will be eligible to all government jobs in Gujarat, including teaching posts in the state’s government and private medical institutions,” said state Health Minister Jaynarayan Vyas.

According to Vyas, two new PG courses will be launched under the new arrangement. They will be a two-year diploma and a three year PG fellowship programme in various branches.

“By this arrangement, we plan to bring an end to the perpetual shortage of specialised medicos in the state in the next three years,” Vyas said.

The candidates will get good stipends, but the government is yet to fix the number of seats and procedures for admission to the courses.

A senior faculty member in BJ Medical College said: “The decision will serve two purposes. Initially it will reduce the shortages of hands in government and private medical colleges as PG candidates can take care of outdoor and indoor patients. Secondly, after completion of their courses, these candidates can make up for the shortages in the market by working as private practitioners or they can even join as teachers in state’s medical institutions which are facing staff crunch.”

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