Only 10 lakh 23 thousand registered doctors point to huge healthcare gap in India

As informed by the Medical Council of India (MCI), no specific data of foreign medical graduates who are registered with the MCI/ SMC is available with the Council before 2007

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New Delhi: As per the information furnished by the Medical Council of India (MCI) to Union Health Ministry, a total of 10,22,859 Doctors who possess recognized primary medical qualification, are registered with it or the State Medical Councils (SMCs) as on 31st March, 2017.

The MCI has revealed that there is no specific data of foreign medical graduates who are registered with the MCI/ SMC is available with the Council before 2007. However, since 2007, MCI generated computerized registration certificate and as per the available records from 2007 till mid-2014, a total of 12,858 permanent registrations were granted by MCI in respect of Indian nationals who possess primary medical qualification from various universities outside the country.

These revelations point to the fact that there is a huge gap between the doctor to patient ratio in India. The result is that the public healthcare, especially in far off rural areas is suffering due to the absence of registered quality doctors.

As per Section 13(4A) of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 and Clause 3 of the Screening Test Regulations, 2002, an Indian national or any overseas citizen of India possessing a primary medical qualification awarded by any medical institution outside India and who is desirous of getting provisional/ permanent registration from the State Medical Council (SMC) on or after 15/03/2002 can be registered after he/she qualifies a Screening Test conducted by the National Board of Examinations.

Number of Doctors Registered with State Medical Councils / Medical Council of India as on 31st March, 2017

Sr. No.

Name of the Medical Council

Number of Doctors

1.

Andhra Pradesh Medical Council

86129

2.

Arunachal Pradesh Medical Council

792

3.

Assam Medical Council

22454

4.

Bihar Medical Council

40043

5.

Chattisgarh Medical Council

6584

6.

Delhi Medical Council

15246

7.

Goa Medical Council

3336

8.

Gujarat Medical Council

53954

9.

Haryana Dental & Medical Council

5717

10.

Himachal Pradesh Medical Council

2849

11.

Jammu & Kashmir

14188

12.

Jharkhand Medical Council

5003

13.

Karnataka Medical Council

101273

14.

Madhya Pradesh Medical Council

34347

15.

Maharashtra Medical Council

153513

16.

Medical Council of India

52666

17.

Nagaland Medical Council

801

18.

Orissa Council of Medical Registration

21681

19.

Punjab Medical Council

44682

20.

Rajasthan Medical Council

38677

21.

Sikkim Medical Council

893

22.

Tamil Nadu Medical Council

121847

23.

Travancore Medical Council

52474

24.

Uttar Pradesh Medical Council

69208

25.

Uttrakhand Medical Council

6662

26.

West Bengal Medical Council

65486

27.

Telangana Medical Council

2354

 

Total

10,22,859

The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Mr Faggan Singh Kulaste stated this in a written reply in the Parliament recently that the Government has taken the following steps to increase the number of doctors in the country:

♦ Relaxation in the norms for setting up of a medical college in terms of requirement for land, faculty, staff, bed/ bed strength and other infrastructure.

♦ Strengthening and upgradation of existing State Government/Central Government Medical Colleges to increase MBBS seats with fund sharing between the Central Government and States.

♦ Establishment of New Medical Colleges by upgrading district/referral hospitals preferably in underserved districts of the country with fund sharing between the Central Government and States.

♦ Enhancement of maximum intake capacity at MBBS level from 150 to 250.

♦ Enhancement of age limit for appointment/extension/re-employment against posts of teachers/dean/principal/ director in medical colleges from 65-70 years.

♦ DNB qualification has been recognized for appointment as faculty to take care of shortage of faculty.

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