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India facing shortage of 10 lakh MBBS doctors: Azad

July 27, 2012

The country is facing a shortage of 10 lakh MBBS doctors, which is affecting healthcare delivery system in rural areas, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Thursday said.

Ghulam Nabi Azad

“There are seven lakh doctors in the country against a requirement of 17 lakh, leaving a deficit of 10 lakh doctors. This is directly affecting the healthcare delivery system in rural areas,” Azad said.

Speaking at a public meeting at Kilhotran in Gandoh tehsil of Doda district, Azad said though the Centre was providing adequate funds for construction of hospitals, there was shortage of MBBS doctors.

According to the minister, to provide better healthcare in rural areas, the syllabus of MBBS doctors is being amended so as to ensure trainee doctors serve in villages for one year before getting the MBBS degree.

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