New Delhi, March 17, 2018: As per information provided by Medical Council of India, there are a total 10,41,395 allopathic doctors registered with the State Medical Councils/Medical Council of India as on 30th September, 2017. Assuming 80% availability, it is estimated that around 8.33 lakh doctors may be actually available for active service. It gives a doctor-population ratio of 1:1596 as per current population estimate of 1.33 billion.
The Government has taken various steps to increase the number of Allopathic doctors. These efforts include-
- Enhancement of maximum intake capacity at MBBS level from 150 to 250.
- relaxation in the norms of setting up of Medical College in terms of requirement for land, faculty, staff, bed/bed strength and other infrastructure.
- Strengthening/upgradation of State Government Medical Colleges for starting new PG courses/Increase of PG seats.
- Establishment of new medical colleges attached with existing district/referral hospitals
- Strengthening/ upgradation of existing State Government/Central Government Medical Colleges to increase MBBS seats.
- VI. The ratio of teachers to students has been revised from 1:1 to 1:2 for all MD/MS disciplines and 1:1 to 1:3 in subjects of Anesthesiology, Forensic Medicine, Radiotherapy, Medical Oncology, Surgical Oncology and Psychiatry in all medical colleges across the country. Further, teacher: student ratio in public funded Government Medical Colleges for Professor has been increased from 1:2 to 1:3 in all clinical subjects and for Asso. Prof. from 1:1 to 1:2 if the Asso. Prof. is a unit head. This would result in increase in number of specialists in the country.
- Enhancement of age limit for appointment/ extension/ re-employment against posts of teachers/dean/principal/ director in medical colleges from 65-70 years.
- DNB qualification as well as Foreign qualification have been recognized for appointment as faculty to take care of shortage of faculty.
Central Government increases UG & PG seats every year implementing the above mentioned measures.
UG and PG seats as on 28.02.2018
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|12||Jammu & Kashmir||500||438|
The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), SmtAnupriya Patel stated this in a written reply in the LokSabha here today.