New Delhi: In order to ensure availability of doctors in rural areas of the country, the Government has "in principle" decided to make one year combined rural posting mandatory for medical graduates seeking admission in PG courses.
While on their rural postings, the MBBS doctors would
be attached to Primary Health Centres and Community Health
Centres in rural areas, the Lok Sabha was informed today.
"The Government has in principle decided that the
rural postings will be mandatory for eligibility to admission
in Post Graduate Medical Courses," Union Health and Family
Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said in a written reply.
However, Azad had earlier said that the Government
would provide special incentives to doctors ready to work in
rural areas instead of making rural postings compulsory.
The current doctor to patient ratio in the country is
1:1,500 with there being a severe shortage of doctors in rural