New Delhi: On 6 August 2020, a Gazette notification by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare introduced post-graduate diploma courses in eight medical specialties under the prestigious National Board of Examinations. These are two-year courses that can be undertaken after completing the MBBS degree. According to the regulations, these structured training programs can be run by any well-equipped public or private hospital with over 100 beds and staffed with senior medical specialists. The regulatory change brought about by this notification will transform healthcare in India, making ours the first nation in the world to dissociate healthcare from affluence.
To discuss the new policy threadbare, on 20th August, a webinar cum virtual press conference was attended by leading healthcare luminaries of the country. Among those who registered their virtual presence were Dr Naresh Trehan, Chairman and Managing Director, Medanta; Dr Abhijat Sheth, President, National Board of Examinations; Dr Pawanindra Lal, Executive Director, National Board of Examinations; Dr Manjunath, Director, Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences & Research; Dr Devi Shetty, Chairman, Narayana Health; and Dr Giridhar Gyani, Director General, AHPI. The representatives from the press too were present virtually to raise their questions on various issues.
**Click to watch the detailed video of the press meet above.