MCI ruining medical education: Satyendra Jain

The Medical Council of India (MCI) should without any further delay just double, if not triple, the postgraduate seats in government medical colleges and hospitals, according to Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain.

"There is an organisation in this country, whose name is MCI. Their work is to ruin the medical education system of this country. And they are doing it very carefully and very well. They don't want to increase the number of PG seats," said Jain while speaking at a conference in Delhi on Saturday.

He said, "The MCI should without any further delay just double, if not triple, the PG seats in government medical colleges and hospitals. And this should be without asking for anything. Because in our government hospitals, there are already two patients on one bed. But I know there is vested interest involved and they will never do it. They are supporting only private medical colleges which charge Rs 1 crore to Rs 5 crore for one medical PG seat."

According to the health minister, the Delhi government with the help of the National Board of Examination (NBE) will soon start DNB courses in broad specialities like paediatrics, medicine, surgery, orthopaedics, obstetrics & gynaecology and anaesthesia in all major district hospitals.

Talking about the public private partnership (PPP) model, the minister said, "Currently, there is only one MRI in the Delhi government hospitals. But we have already issued tenders for five MRI and 10 CT Scan machines. The cost of doing one MRI in Delhi government hospital currently is around Rs 25,000. So, we have realised we cannot do everything efficiently on our own and we will go for PPP wherever necessary. Even lab tests will be done through private partners. We will just focus on our core competencies like providing patient care."

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