SALEM: Students of Salem Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College and Vinayaka Missions Kirupananda Variyar Medical College took out a procession here on Wednesday protesting against the Union Health Ministry’s directive on compulsory medical services in rural areas by medical graduates.
Students claimed that the Ministry, by introducing the compulsory rural postings, was attempting to increase the MBBS course duration from the current five-and-a-half years to six-and-a-half years as students have to work in villages for a year.
This would affect the students, they said. Stating that they were not against serving in remote areas, students said that the government should appoint fresh doctors in rural areas on a permanent basis.
Students also launched a signature campaign to protest against the government ruling. However, house surgeons posted in the emergency ward, intensive care unit and a few other units did not take part in the procession. Students earlier decided that they would not resort to strike as it would affect services to the public in the Medical College Hospital . Students also decided to meet the Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss, who was expected to visit Salem on September 14.