Madurai Bureau

They oppose Union Health Ministry’s proposal to extend duration of MBBS

TIRUNELVELI: Functioning of Tirunelveli Medical College and its hospital at Palayamkottai was partially affected on Wednesday after the members of Tamil Nadu Medical Students and Compulsory Rotatory Residential Internship (house surgeons) Association’ went on a token strike.

The move was to protest the Union Health Ministry’s proposal to extend duration of MBBS from five-and-a-half years to six-and-a-half years.

The protesting students and house surgeons, sporting black badges, took out a rally from the college to the hospital premises, where they staged a demonstration.

Expressing their support, the Tamil Nadu Government Doctors’ Association’s Tirunelveli district president and orthopaedic surgeon, S. Ramaguru, said the proposal to torment the students of medicine by extending the duration of MBBS course to six-and-a-half years could not be justified in the name of compulsory rural medical service.

“We are not against serving the deprived languishing in a remote corner of the State. The campaign unleashed by certain sections to portray the medical students as anti-rural and anti-poor cannot be accepted. We are prepared to work in the adequately outfitted PHCs for a right salary,” Dr. Ramaguru said.

The State secretary of Doctors’ Association for Social Equality, P. Dorai, said the Union Health Ministry’s attempts to corporatise health care delivery system in India would keep the poor and even the lower middle class away from proper, cost-effective and affordable medical assistance. The Tirunelveli district secretary of TNGDA, Mohamed Rafiq, addressed the protestors. Students of Kanyakumari Medical College also struck work on Wednesday for similar reasons.


Students of Tuticorin Medical College staged a demonstration in front of Tuticorin Medical College and Hospital (TMCH) on Wednesday.

The students also took out a procession from the college premises to Cruz Fernando statue. M. Babu, district secretary of Tamil Nadu Medical Students Association, and M. Suresh Kumar, district secretary, Doctors Association for Social Equality, spoke.