UP Administration to PG Medico Students: Serve 10 Years Under State Govt or Pay Rs 1 Crore Fine
By: Sashwata Saha
The Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday made 10 years of medical service mandatory for post-graduation medical students in the state health department. Additionally, anyone failing to complete the mandatory service period and leaving the service would be fined upto Rs 1 crore.
The UP Principal Health Secretary Amit Mohan Prasad, who made the announcement at a press brief in Lucknow added that anyone leaving the course in between will be debarred from the PG degree course establishments for the next three years. “The decision was applicable to those students who were pursuing the postgraduate course in state medical colleges,” he said.
According to reports, this decision by the Uttar Pradesh government was taken to deal with the shortage of specialist doctors in state-run hospitals and medical centres. The ACS also said that over 15,000 posts have been created for doctors in state-run hospitals across UP and as many as 11,000 MBBS doctors are currently occupying these posts.
The order was circulated on December 9 and now it has reached all the hospitals.
Contrary to the ACS’s claims, Uttar Pradesh has around 18,000 sanctioned posts for doctors in government hospitals and against it over 13,000 doctors are working with a shortfall of around 30%.
Moreover, with the December 9 order, MBBS doctors who have been working in rural areas for a year would be given a weightage of 10 marks in NEET for PG courses. Similarly, those who are serving for two years in rural areas would get a weightage of 20 marks and those who have completed three years of service in rural areas would get a benefit of 30 marks. These doctors would also be allowed to take admission in any diploma along with a PG course.
In 2018, the Uttar Pradesh government had introduced two years Compulsory Rural Service Bond also in medical courses. As per the guidelines, MBBS/BDS students must fill a designated bond of Rs 10 lakh, PG Diploma/MDS students Rs 20 Lakh, MD/MS students Rs 40 lakh, and DM/MCh students Rs 1 crore, in case any medical student acts contrary to the bond.
This rule was passed in compliance with the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill which was passed to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI) with a new body.
The declaration comes following the Centre’s decision to allow Ayurveda graduates to perform 58 complex surgeries. Doctors from the Indian Medical Association had called for a pan-India strike to show their disapproval just a few days ago.
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