Inviting Medicos to India

Joking with fresh medical graduates in Delhi,our health minister informed that doctors from western countries were raring to come and fill the gap in medical personnel in India now that he has recognized their degrees.

Acknowledging the severe crunch India is facing in the number of doctors, nurses and paramedics, Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss said Friday that since the government recognises the medical degrees issued by five English-speaking countries, including the US, Britain and Australia, it would help tide over the shortage.

He said the government was taking a number of steps to overcome the shortfall in order to ensure that people are able to get quality medical care.

“There is no stop-gap arrangement. Yes, we know there is a shortfall of medical human resources in the country. The need has also been felt because of the expanding population,” Ramadoss told reporters after awarding undergraduate degrees to students at the Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC) at its 92nd convocation here.

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He was being more forthright when he said

The government is also upgrading the existing infrastructure and setting up new ones.

which is surely a long drawn out process.

I am sure he was joking about the rest. In present day situation fresh doctors prefer serving in the Australian or US outback rather than staying here. Almost all doctors stuck in NHS and UK ‘work permit’ have returned (quite a few of my colleagues as well) and  just a handful are taking their chances. I wonder where the ministry gets such rosy numbers from.