Expressing concern over the shortage of doctors in the country, President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday stressed the need to overcome regulatory bottlenecks and interest groups that have prevented the growth of quality medical education in the country.
'Doctors need help in the form of more colleagues. And this is where we need a new regulatory system to enhance availability of doctors and medical professionals in our society. In the absence of this, the work-load on our doctors is very high.
'Currently our medical colleges, whether run by the government or private institutions, have only about 67,000 undergraduate seats and 31,000 postgraduate seats. In a country of 1.3 billion people this is highly inadequate. We have to overcome regulatory bottlenecks and interest groups that have prevented the growth of quality medical education in our country. This gives us far fewer medical graduates and postgraduates every year than our people need. It also leads to aspiring medical students seeking admission in colleges in other countries – simply because they have limited options at home. This is simply not acceptable. As a nation, we need to address this situation very urgently. We need to create more opportunities for those young people who want to make medicine their calling,' the President said while addressing the 45th convocation of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi.
Describing AIIMS as a national centre of excellence, the President said,'the name "AIIMS" has become a byword for quality, commitment and rich experience. The faculty and doctors, as well as of course the students, are the pride of our medical fraternity and our nation,' the President said.