In anticipation of a likely notification of Medical Council of India making one year rural posting compulsory for doctors who are aspiring to do post graduation, Delhi Medical Association is organizing a Dharna on 8th August, 2013 Thursday outside MCI premises at Dwarka.
A high level Indian Medical Association meeting was held which had representatives from Delhi Medical Association and also medical students, interns and non PG residents.
The Medical Association is demanding that they are not against doctors working in rural areas but they do not want rural posting to be linked to entry to medical education. It can be linked to promotions or new appointments in government jobs.
The Association is planning to have a Dharna of 1 to 4 thousand people on that day.
Dr. Devi Shetty, Former Member, Board of Governors, MCI has also called an All India Students Convention on 29th July in his native place on the same subject. He is providing free lodging and travel to student leaders to come and attend the convention which is likely to announce its next strategy.
The Medical Association said that there are 40000 students who pass MBBS every year and there are only 25000 for the rural postings. Making rural postings compulsory cannot be the right answer as the government does not have 40000 jobs. If rural posting is made compulsory all 40000 of them will have to apply for the same and if they do not find enough jobs, there will be chaos in the medical profession.