The Indian government on Wednesday, overruled a Parliamentary Committee recommendation for scrapping a course in community health and asked the health ministry to go ahead with the scheme aimed at creating a mid-level rural health cadre of professionals.
In its meeting, the Union Cabinet is learnt to have given its nod to the Health Ministry to start a new three-year BSc community health programme that would create a new cadre of health professionals to improve the rural medicare infrastructure in the country.
The proposal has been pending for a few years now after the ministry brought out the idea of creating a new cadre of health professionals in rural areas as doctors were unwilling to serve there.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health had strongly opposed the introduction of an undergraduate community health course. The committee had instead recommended compulsory one-year rural posting for fresh medical graduates to meet the shortage of doctors in rural areas.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has been opposing its introduction vehemently.
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Dr. Anil SinghalCommunity health course to create rural medicare doctor
by Dr. Anil Singhal ( Author at Spirit India )
Posted on November 14th, 2013 at 2:50 pm.
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