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Centre cold to Bengals crying for need for more med seats

first_imgKolkata: Bengal government is not being able to handle the crisis of doctors at the state-run hospitals, due to the lackadaisical attitude of the Centre in sanctioning more medical seats.The state government may soon urge the Centre to give the clearance for new medical seats, as otherwise the perennial shortage of doctors can not be resolved. It may also write to the Medical Council of India (MCI) in this regard.It is a common picture not only in the state but across the country. Bengal has been suffering from a dearth of doctors in the state-run hospitals for quite some time. The Mamata Banerjee-led government has taken various measures to provide better healthcare facilities in the state. The number of medical seats has increased considerably since the new government came to power. But the crisis is not going to go away unless the Centre is proactive enough. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBanerjee on Friday said in the Assembly that the crisis of doctors in Bengal could not be overcome because of the Centre’s and MCI’s faulty policies.The state government has set up 42 Superspecialty hospitals across the state, but the crisis of doctors has not been addressed properly due to the Centre’s apathy in giving clearance for new medical seats. The existing medical seats numbering around 2,600 are not enough to fill up the vacant posts of doctors. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedOut of these, around 2,050 seats are in government medical colleges, while 550 are in private ones.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is also in charge of the Health department, has been constantly striving to find a permanent solution for the shortage of doctors. Around 500 additional medical seats will be increased, once the proposed 5 new medical colleges come up in various parts of the state. The construction of these colleges may be completed by the end of the next year, a senior official said. According to a senior Health department official, there are around 10,440 sanctioned posts of doctors in government-run hospitals, out of which around 6,600 posts have been filled up, whereas there is a shortfall of 3,840.The Centre had announced an ambitious plan to ensure one doctor for every one thousand people throughout the country by the end of 2031, for which the country requires more than 80,000 medical seats per year.But this may suffer a major jolt as the number of doctors passing out every year across the country is too low to meet the huge requirement of physicians.Despite repeated pleas from various states including Bengal, no major step was taken by the Centre in this regard. The Medical Council of India (MCI’s) highest regulating body had been reluctant in giving permission to open new medical colleges in various states, especially in the areas where there are no medical colleges.Despite the crisis, the MCI recommends the Centre not to give permission to admit candidates in certain number of medical seats, after inspecting various medical colleges including state-run ones.last_img