The present idea of the Health Ministry of Government of India to extend MBBS course by one more year and post them in rural health centres for one year is hare-brained and least to say is stupid and absurd, for the following reasons.
After completion of medical studies, no one is competent enough to practise without the help and supervision of senior doctors. At that junior most level, they do depend on a great deal of laboratory and medical imaging services to make proper diagnosis and treatment. These facilities are grossly inadequate at the rural level.
All that the government is achieving is to sacrifice the poor and ignorant villagers as “guinea pigs” for future medical practitioners and possibly as a population control measure.
Furthermore, the young doctors are looking for more experience before they start on their own practise. It is the time for them to get married and enjoy life after five and half years of gruel and hard work and study to pass MBBS. It will be a sadistic policy of the health ministry to impose this punitive posting for these young budding doctors to be imposed on the ignorant and poor rural flocks.
Will all the elected members of the government at all levels, high court and above judiciary and all first class civil servants at all levels will be submitting themselves and their family for their medical care to these junior doctors and only junior doctors for their medical needs?
An alternative, viable, useful, more humanitarian, compassionate and effectual alternative would be to appoint all those doctors, nurses and paramedical staff in service who have attained the age of 50+ years to be posted in rural areas and allow them to be in service up to the age of 75 years.
In today’s lifespan, it is possible for one to work up to the age of 75 and almost all doctors do work to that age anyway. Give them 50 per cent additional salary for rural postings.
The rural people will have confidence in such experienced medical persons and in all likelihood, a doctor continuously working in the same rural area will know the person’s health need and will be in a position to give the best medical care.
It is imperative that these doctors should not be transferred and should remain in the same area for the duration of their service. The cost will also be much less than a young and fresh doctor’s treatment.