On 2 January, the Indian Medical Association (IMA)—its ranks made up of over 300,000 doctors—stood up to the government of India. It demanded that the government walk back its decision to dissolve the medical education regulator Medical Council of India (MCI) for the third time in September 2018.
At the heart of this stand-off is one inescapable truth: India lacks specialist doctors. While India does need more doctors than it has, its need for specialists is even severe. In India, only 1,494 primary healthcare centres out of 25,743 are without doctors.
long way round
Govt’s band-aid fix: MCI out, more specialist doctors in?
Indian patients and hospitals need at least five times more specialist doctors than currently available. However, the government’s silver bullet leaves a lot to be desired
India has a serious shortfall of specialist doctors
In an attempt to fix this, the government dissolved the medical education regulator, MCI
Now, it has eased regulations to encourage the training of specialists and increase the total medical seats from about 40,000 to 50,000
The Indian Medical Association, however, wants the government to just build hospitals and stay out of regulation