Doctor-population ratio at 1:2000 in India
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 23:25
New Delhi: Government on Tuesday said there was one doctor in the country for every 2,000 population as there were six lakh active allopathic practitioners in the country.

Providing the figures in the Rajya Sabha today, Minister of Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad said that with the doctor-population ratio of 1:2000, the government was taking a number of steps to address the shortage of doctors, specialists and faculty in the country.

He said as per information from the Medical Council of India (MCI), the total number of doctors registered (allopathic) in the country till July 31, 2011, is 8,56,065.

Listing the steps taken for increasing the number of doctors, the minister said norms for setting up of a medical college have been relaxed, intake capacity at MBBS level has been increased from 150 to 250 and 46 new medical colleges were set up between 2009-11.

Azad added the teacher-student ratio has been relaxed to increase the seats at post-graduate level, maximum age for appointment of faculty has been enhanced from 65 to 70 years and DNB qualifications have been recognized for appointment to various faculty posts in medical colleges.

Besides, he said, financial support to state medical colleges is being provided under the scheme "Strengthening and upgradation of State Government Medical Colleges" to increase postgraduate seats in various disciplines or start new postgraduate medical courses.


First Published: Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 23:25

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