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Doctor-Patient Gap Widens, Medical Education In Need Of Immediate Surgery

Allegations of corruption against Medical Council of India, dubious medical colleges and a massive shortfall in the supply of quality doctors are diseases with no fixes

Doctor-Patient Gap Widens, Medical Education In Need Of Immediate Surgery
Photographs by Narendra Bisht
Doctor-Patient Gap Widens, Medical Education In Need Of Immediate Surgery
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2019-06-13T11:29:34+05:30

Fake faculty, pat­ients on hire and rented medical equipment are some of the dub­ious means adopted by several medical colleges across the country, aimed at duping inspectors who visit colleges to scrutinise facilities before granting or renewing permission for admissions before the start of every academic session. No college will officially admit that they resort to unfair means but, in private, officials say these have become necessary to bypass lengthy regulatory requirements to run a medical college. The end result is steadily deteriorating medical education in the country and an increasing demand for quality doctors; medical education has failed to keep pace both in terms of quality and number of medical professionals being produced every year in India.

According to the Union health and family welfare ministry, there are over one million doctors in India at present, out of which, it is believed that around eight lakh are in active practice. It means that the country has one doctor for every 1,600 people. This is way below the doctor-pop­ulation ratio of 1:1000 prescribed by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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