Rural posting to be made compulsory for docs

Updated on May 09, 2007 11:05 PM IST
Health Minister Ramadoss tells RS that all aspiring doctors will have to go through one year of mandatory rural posting on stipend from next year, reports Satyen Mohapatra.
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None | BySatyen Mohapatra, New Delhi

All aspiring doctors will have to go through one year of mandatory rural posting on stipend from next year at a primary health centre and a community health centre by rotation before being allowed to practice or get registration, Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss announced in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

Replying to a debate on the functioning of his ministry, he said practicing doctors would also have to compulsorily
re-register themselves after going through 60 hours of Continuing Medical Education programme.

The government is planning to set up a national drug authority centralising licenses for drug manufacture and a food authority. Indian public health standards are also being evolved to make it mandatory for all hospitals, clinics and diagnostic labs to register, he added.

He said he would like AIIMS to move forward and be the best institution not only in India but in the entire world.

"We spend Rs 500 crore on AIIMS... on one institution. What is the net result?"

"Autonomy does not mean no accountability. We need results," he added.

He said all the talk of ego and personality clash between him and Dr P Venugopal was "media driven".

He said he had a lot of respect for Dr Venugopal who has done a lot of pioneering work.

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