India needs seven lakh doctors: MCI

Ahmedabad: India would require at least
seven lakh doctors to fulfil its requirements in the health
sector, the Medical Council of India (MCI) said on Thursday.

"We have prepared a vision 2015 document which has an
assessment of how many doctors will we need," MCI chief S K
Sarin said during the inaugural session of the 66th
Association of Physicians of India Conference (APICON) here.

"We assessed that the country needs about seven lakh
doctors. Even if we increase our current intake from current
35,000 to 50,000 it will be 2031 when we will be able to meet
the target. We can`t wait that long," he said.

"We have now increased post graduate (PG) seats from
9000 to 20,000 and every year they will increase. Our aim is
of cylindrical growth where PG seats are equal to under
graduate (UG) seats in the country," Sarin said.

He said MCI had received 76 applications for new
medical colleges this year as against 19 last year.

The MCI chief said they were also working on reforms
in accreditation rules and are likely to come up with a draft
in a month.