Very difficult to post MBBS doctors in rural areas: Azad
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 16:33
New Delhi: Arguing that it was very difficult to post MBBS doctors in rural areas, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad Wednesday asserted that the proposed Bachelor of Rural Health course was targeted at areas where only nurses and midwives were available and no doctor was willing to go.

Azad is understood to have made these comments at a meeting with a delegation of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) who have opposed the introduction of such a course saying it will clash with MBBS doctors.

The IMA demanded that the rural medicine should be a diploma course and not a degree course, the institutes which will teach this course should be called schools instead of colleges and there should be separate registration for these rural doctors.

Responding to these demands, Azad even as he allayed their fears said, making the rural medicine course a diploma would dilute its importance.

He said that the areas where these doctors are proposed to be posted would be the ones where only auxiliary nurses are available.

"MBBS doctors are difficult to post in rural areas. Our main concern is how to improve rural healthcare," Azad is understood to have told the delegation.

Asking the MCI to be more "enthusiastic" about the proposal, he said, "the doctors would be posted at places where only ANMs are there and MBBS doctors are unlikely to be posted".

He said that already the government has diluted many provisions like not making surgery a part of the course.

The IMA delegation included its chief Dharamprakash the regional heads of the state IMA units.


First Published: Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 16:33

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