Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Shortage of Medical Personnel in Rural Areas

The State/UT wise detail of shortfall of doctors, nurses and paramedical staff as per Rural Health Statistics in India, 2012 is placed at Annexure I to VI.

The shortage of doctors in rural areas as per Rural Health Statistics in India, 2012 indicates that doctors are unwilling to work in rural areas. The details of measures taken by the Central Government to encourage doctors to work in rural and remote areas include:

(1)   provision of financial support to state/UTs for providing additional incentives and higher remuneration to doctors to serve in rural areas and improved accommodation arrangements in rural areas, so that they find it attractive to join public health facilities in rural areas.

(2)    amendment of the Post Graduate Medical Education Regulations, 2000 to provide:-

(i)     50% reservation in Post Graduate Diploma Courses for Medical Officers in the Government service who have served for at least three years in remote and difficult areas; and 

(ii)   incentive at the rate of 10% of the marks obtained for each year in service in remote or difficult areas up to the maximum of 30% of the marks obtained in the entrance test for admissions in Post Graduate Medical Courses

Public health being a state subject, financial support is being provided based on requirement and need projected by the state in the Programme Implementation Plan.

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