“No dearth of doctors available for rural services now”
Students of Government Vellore Medical College (GVMC) sported black badges to express their protest to the compulsory rural service on Thursday.
First, the students gathered in front of the administrative block, wore black badges on their dress, staged a demonstration and went back to their respective work.
R. Rajesh, president, GVMC chapter of Tamil Nadu Medical Students Association told The Hindu that they were against one year compulsory rural service norm since there was no dearth of doctors available for rural services at present.
“When the government notified the recruitment for 900 medical officer posts in rural Primary Health Centres recently, about 4,500 doctors applied for those 900 posts.”
“It shows that doctors are ready to work in rural areas. Even if the government feels there was a shortage of doctors available for rural service, they could appoint the medical students to those rural posts on completion of their course instead of slapping a one year compulsory rural service,” he said.