Staff Reporter

Benefits enjoyed by in-service doctors for PG admission restored

These benefits were terminated in 2000 after an MCI directive

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Bill passed by the State Assembly allowing a quota for in-service doctors in post-graduate (PG) medical courses has secured President’s assent. With this, the benefits enjoyed by in-service doctors for admission to PG medical courses stand restored, a press note issued here on Monday said.

The benefits that in-service doctors enjoyed earlier were terminated in 2000 following a directive to that effect from the Medical Council of India (MCI). The MCI had then decided that in-service doctors too had to write the entrance exam for the PG courses to quality for admission.

Prior to this, 40 per cent of seats for the PG medical courses were reserved for serving doctors. Lecturers in medical colleges, doctors serving in the Department of Health and doctors in State insurance benefited from this quota. Seniority in service was the deciding factor for admission to these seats. The MCI’s directive deprived these doctors of a chance to go for higher studies. So, there arose a strong demand from the doctors for restoration of the quota.

In discussions with the Left Democratic Front government the doctors had raised this demand repeatedly.

After being convinced of the genuineness of this demand, the government promised to enact appropriate legislation on this matter.

Now that the PG medical admissions have been made more attractive more doctors would opt for government service and would choose to go for higher studies. This, in turn, would ensure that the services of doctors would be maximised.