Modify rules for Rural Basing of Doctors

Signatures:
  13 (Goal: 1,000)

Petitioning: Union Government

Petitioner: Petition Voice started on April 3, 2009

The Union Health Ministry of India headed by Anbumani Ramadoss has decided to introduce a year long rural basing for MBBS students. This increases the duration of MBBS course by a year. The degree course is already lengthy and almost all MBBS doctors prepare for post graduation entrance exam. At these times burdening them with rural postings would be a bit to much and would come in the way of higher studies. This might negatively impact the rate at which specialists are produced by the system.

Also at times many students have families to look after, whom they cannot afford to ignore for 6 or so long years.

Instead a more viable approach would be to not withhold the degree for want of rural basing, but rather give a timeline before which the doctors should compulsorily finish one year of their practise in a rural place. This would be say within 5 years from getting MBBS degree. This way doctors would be able to attend to other urgent matters at hand, like career, family, etc.