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Centre to create 15,000 MBBS seats: Nadda
« on: November 01, 2016, 11:38:59 AM »
Centre to create 15,000 MBBS seats: Nadda

    1 Nov 2016
 SHIMLA: The Centre will create additional 15,000 MBBS seats from next year to overcome shortage of doctors in government health institutions across the country, said Union health minister Jagat Prakash Nadda. He was here to flag off ‘run for unity’ on the occasion of National Unity Day (Ekta Diwas)- the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Talking to the media here on Monday, Nadda said: “There is acute shortage of doctors in the country as many go abroad for greener pastures after completing their medical degree. We cannot stop them... so there is a need to increase the MBBS seats. Talks are on with the Medical Council of India (MCI) to create more seats in medical colleges.”

According to the MCI data, there are 426 medical colleges in the country having over 53,000 seats. Nadda said Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the National Dialyses Programme under which renal patients will get the dialysis facility at nearest hospitals. “We are keen to take the scheme to the subdivision level so that poor patients can get affordable treatment. The cost of each dialysis is around `2,000 in private hospitals.”

Himachal Pradesh, which has two government-run medical colleges — Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital in Shimla and Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College at Tanda in Kangra — is also short of doctors and faculty. The Centre has announced three more medical colleges for the state in Hamirpur, Chamba and Nahan. The medical college in Nahan has already become functional. ‘VIRBHADRA SHOULD HAVE RESIGNED’

Nadda also hit out at Himachal chief minister Virbhadra Singh over corruption charges and delay in forwarding detailed project reports for centrally aided projects.

“Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh should have resigned soon after cases were registered against him,” said Nadda in reply to a question at Shimla press club’s meet press.

“The ongoing cases against Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh should not be seen from the political perspective but from the legal point of view,” said, Nadda.

The investigating agencies are independent and their decisions are not influenced by anyone, he said. SHOW OF STRENGTH

Earlier in the day, Nadda’s supporters assembled at government-run Peterhoff Hotel to celebrate Ekta diwas.

The function attained political colours with supporters of Nadda dominating the show. Nadda flagged of the race from Ambedakar Chaiwk in Shimla.

Later Nadda too participated in the Run, which was attended by legislators owing allegiance to him. Shimla MLA Suresh Bhardwaj and MP from the capital town Jai Ram Thakur were also present on the occasion.


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