Mumbai: As many as 3,000 medical students might face the heat for not completing the rural medical bonds. The Directorate Medical Education and Research (DMER) is in the process of formulating an internal committee to decide on the fate of the doctors who have bypassed the bonds.
“Nearly 3000 medical students are under the scanner of DMER who failed to comply rural bond. In 2016, DMER had sent notices to 4,500 medical students seeking an explanation for not serving in rural areas. But only 1,500 medical doctors replied to their notices,” said an official.
DMER official said as per the provision made by the state government, it is mandatory for doctors after completing MBBS has to serve in rural areas at least for a year. But due to lack of facilities in rural health set ups, doctors do not follow the bond.
“The doctors do not ply the bond result in which we can address various health issue in the rural areas. So to address this issue we have decided to form an internal committee to take action against these doctors,” added official. Dr Parvin Shingare, director of DMER said, the committee which will be formed will decide on an action plan against the MBBS doctors who do not comply with rural bond.
“We will scrutinise all the data and documents of doctors who have failed to serve in rural areas for a year. Further action will be taken by the committee,” added Dr Shingare. He further added they have also instructed Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) to cancel the licenses of the doctors who are in the list for not following the bond. “As per the MMC act, the council does not have rights to cancel the licenses of doctors for non-compliance of rural bond. So we decided to take steps against these doctors after consulting with experts,”said Dr Shingare.
In Oct, 2017, state medical education dept has proposed to expand the duration of MBBS course to 6.5 yrs from the existing 5.5 in order to leave no room for students to skip rural postings.