This might come as a spot of good news to aspiring doctors in Maharashtra.
In response to an RTI query, the state has said that it has no rural postings to offer to the 4,500 MBBS students who will graduate in the next academic session. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, through a notification last month, made it mandatory for MBBS graduates across the country to serve in rural health posts for a year.
However, with not enough postings available, the ministry has called for a meeting next week to work out a plan to accommodate the doctors in the rural health posts. The decision on the new placement system will be announced next month.
The ministry is now reworking its plan to accommodate medical graduates. “We have received representations from various states and medical bodies. There is a problem and we are trying to rework our strategy,” said CK Mishra, additional secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Commenting on the impractical nature of Centre’s rural medical placement policy, India Medical Association’s member Dr Ravi Wankhedkar said, “These plans of making rural postings mandatory looks nice on paper and enhances the image of the ministry but they are not practical.”
Maharashtra health education minister Vijay Kumar Gavit has also disapproved of the centre’s plan and feels that the rural postings should be restricted only to post graduates and making it mandatory for under graduates will paralyse the rural medical system.
“It will not be possible for Maharashtra government to implement this order. We are somehow managing the post graduate postings. We will be soon write to the centre telling them that Maharashtra will not be able to implement the new system,” Gavit said.
Maharashtra,about a decade ago, had made mandatory a one year rural posting for all medical under graduates and post graduates. However, the order was rolled back for under graduate courses.