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The medical conundrum

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The pulse of the country is feeling weak today. Thousands of undergraduate, postgraduate and senior doctors of the country are aggrieved with the health ministry’s recent decision to make one-year rural posting mandatory for medical graduates.

The move, they say, will not help much in achieving the aim of providing good healthcare facilities to people in the rural areas. “There are not enough facilities in the villages for providing quality healthcare to the people. These include proper infrastructure, equipment, laboratories, regular power supply, medicines, security, good living conditions and support paramedical staff for the doctors. The posting should not be mandatory, but voluntary and students should be given points or credits for this so that they can easily get a seat at the postgraduate level,” says Dr Narendra Saini, secretary general, Indian Medical Association, representing the Save the Doctor campaign. Doctors are also wondering how this move will be implemented. “There are…

Medicos’ dharna at Jantar Mantar draws overwhelming response

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In an overwhelming response, hundreds of doctors and medical students on Thursday took part in a demonstration at Jantar Mantar here to protest against the recent amendment in the Postgraduate Medical Education Regulations of the Medical Council of India (MCI) which makes one year rural posting in a primary health centre (PHC) mandatory for becoming eligible to take admission in a PG course. The students demanded that the rural posting should be made voluntary and should not be an eligibility criterion for applying for PG courses. Defying water cannons by police, doctors and students of several premier medical colleges and hospitals in the capital including the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Vardhman Mahavir Medical College (VMMC) & Safdarjung Hospital, Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC), Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) and the University College of Medical Sciences (UCMS) struggled to march towards the Nirman Bhavan where the union health ministry is located…

The Law of the Seed

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There could be 500 apples at a time on an apple tree and each apple has 10 seeds. "Why would you need so many seeds to grow just a few more apple trees?" Well, because not all seeds become trees. Most seeds never grow. So if you want to make something happen, you should try more than once. You might have to attend 20 interviews to get one job. Or interview 40 candidates to find one good employee. Or talk to 50 people before selling one house, one car, one vacuum cleaner, one insurance policy, or one idea. Or meet more than hundred people before you make one that special friend. When we understand the "Law of the Seed", we stop feeling like victims. We just need to understand the laws of nature and work with them. Don't decide how you think the world SHOULD be or how everyone SHOULD behave. Then, when the world doesn't obey your rules, you get angry! Learn to demand less and instead, have preferences! It is not the problem that is the issue. Rather, it is your a…

Review plea in SC against scrapping of NEET

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A petition was filed in the Supreme Court on Monday seeking a review of its judgement scrapping the single common entrance test (NEET) for admissions to MBBS, BDS and post-graduate courses in all medical colleges. The plea filed by ‘Sankalp’, a non-governmental organisation, through lawyer Prashant Bhushan, has sought a review of the July 18 majority (2-1) verdict of the apex court that had quashed the notifications for National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) on the ground that it violated the rights of state and private institutions to administer such institutions. Seeking the review on the grounds including that of rampant corruption in the absence of NEET, the plea said the verdict also needed to be re-looked as there was “no discussion at all among the judges before delivering it, which is apparent from the minority judgement itself.” “In fact, in the very second para of the judgement, it has been observed ‘as the learned Chief Justice is to retire within a few days, I have to …

SC gives green signal to NEET 4th round counselling

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-For the first time in history, 4th round to be conducted from 2nd Aug to 12th Aug, following which not filled up seats will be transfered to respective states.
-The last date of joining is extended from 31st July to 17th Aug.
-Eligibility: Already alloted candidate of 1st, 2nd 3rd rounds; Those not alloted anything and also those who resigned from the seat after admission in 3rd round.
-NON JOINERS OF 3RD ROUND ARE EXCLUDED FROM 4TH ROUND.
-At 4 pm the court had handed over the orders to DGHS and petitioner. According to this the DGHS has to notify all the vacant seats created till date.
-Everything is to be completed by 17.8.2013.
-Detailed schedule will be put up by DGHS shortly on MCC website.