The decreasing doctor-patient ratio in Maharashtra might soon become a cause for concern.
The report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) slammed the medical education department for not starting medical colleges since 2005 and increasing the number of skilled medical personnel in the state.
The report said that in tribal districts such as Gadhchiroli, there was one doctor for every 11,000 patients.
“Neither the government nor the Directorate of Medical Education have drawn annual action plans to implement programmes to improve medical education and health care. Research activity was inadequate,” said Yashwant Kumar, auditor general (audit), Nagpur.
Equipment procured by hospitals is also lying unused due to of lack of electricity supply or some other repairs, the report said.
The report suggested that students who complete their MBBS from government medical colleges should work in the state for a year or pay a fine of Rs5 lakh and Rs15 lakh for post-graduate students.
The director of health services, which is supposed to maintain and provide the record for the same, has failed to do so, the report said.