Rural Posting Compulsory for MBBS Graduates
Medical students who want to practice medicine have to work compulsorily in villages for one year. Central government of India has decided to make one year rural posting compulsory for all medical students. Government of India has written a letter to Medical Council of India to this effect. Ministry of Health has requested Medical Council of India governors to include rural medicine in the curriculum of MBBS course. Health minister Gulam Nabi Azad has informed that all the doctors have to work under National Rural Health Mission as part of rural medical services. If this proposal gets approval and is included in the curriculum of MBBS, then every medical student has to complete four and half year MBBS course, complete the internship and then work in the rural areas for one year. Only then will he become eligible to obtain MBBS degree. Until he completes the rural medical service his degree will remain a provisional degree.
Medical Council of India governor’s Chairman K K Talwar informed that presently they are working towards finalizing the rules and regulations for rural postings for doctors. Posting will be compulsory for all the medical students in the designated rural area. The proposals of the experts committee will be sent to the health department soon, he said. During the one year compulsory rural posts, MBBS graduates will work in the rural hospitals that are attached to the Medical colleges that are nearby. During this period the medical graduates will also get stipend from NRGM, he explained. As per reliable sources, government of India is planning to introduce one year rural services in the place of existing three months posting in villages as part of MBBS internship.
The government is planning to make one year rural posting compulsory for MBBS graduates as there was no response from the medicos for the incentive scheme that was offered for doctors who are ready to work in rural areas. A fifty percent reservation in post graduation courses for MBBS doctors who want to work for three years in rural areas has no takers. The government has also offered 10 marks for those MBBS students who serve in rural areas for one year and 30 marks for those who work for three years. This has led to the government to take the decision of making one year rural service mandatory for the MBBS graduates.