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 Rural posting to be made must for UP doctors  

By Our Correspondent
LUCKNOW : On September 23 UP Chief minister Yogi Adityanath said that those graduating from government medical colleges in the state will have to compulsorily work in villages for two years unless they go in for higher studies.

Those pursuing MD and MS will have to work in rural areas for a year, he said at a function to mark the first anniversary of the Ayushman Bharat Diwas.

“The doctors will be made to fill up bonds. Those who did MD and MS will also work for one year in rural areas and no one will be allowed to influence the government for internship,” Yogi said.

At the time of admission, the aspirants will have to sign a bond that they will work in rural areas, he said. This he said will overcome the shortage of doctors, especially in the rural areas.

Legal experts, however, say that this is all wishful thinking because the move will not stand in a court of law.

Out of the 18,000 sanctioned posts of government doctors, 5,000 are lying vacant in Uttar Pradesh.

A medical graduate spends Rs 5 lakh to get an MBBS degree from a government medical college, whereas he has to spend a crore to get the same degree from a private medical college. The state government has already decided to open 15 new medical colleges in various districts. Admission in seven new medical colleges will start from the current academic session.

The academic session in the remaining eight medical colleges will begin next year.

The number of MBBS seats was increased in BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur, as well as in Rae Bareli and Gorakhpur AIIMS, he said.

The state government sent a proposal to the Central government to open 15 more medical colleges. The medical colleges will be set up strategically to cater to health services in a minimum of two districts. Only 12 medical colleges were opened from 1947 to 2012, he said.

Adityanath said, along with human resources, the state health department was using technology like telemedicine to provide services to the people residing in far-flung areas. The satellite centre of KGMU, Lucknow, which has been opened in Balrampur district, will be upgraded as a medical college.

The state government was also operating on life support ambulances to transport patients from far-flung areas to hospitals, he said.

Highlighting the success of the PM Jan Arogya Yojana, the chief minister said around 1.18 crore families benefited from the scheme while 8.45 lakh families benefited from CM Jan Arogya Yojana.The state government has distributed Ayushman golden cards to 1.89 lakh people.


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