Rural internship will not longer be mandatory for the medical students pursuing post graduate courses. In a major step, the Central government is considering to change its earlier guidelines. The Medical Council of India (MCI) had earlier mandated rural internship for medical professionals from 2014-15 academic session. The step had received big flak from the medical professionals across the country.
Health being a State subject, provision of healthcare facilities falls under the jurisdiction of respective State Governments. However, to encourage doctors working in remote and difficult areas, the MCI has amended the Post Graduate Medical Education Regulations, 2000 to provide 50 per cent reservation in Post Graduate Diploma Courses for Medical Officers in the Government services, who have served for at least three years in remote and difficult areas. Further, they will be given incentives at the rate of 10 per cent of the marks obtained for each year in service in remote or difficult areas as upto the maximum of 30 per cent of the marks obtained in the entrance test for admissions in post graduate medical courses.
Under, National Health Mission (NHM), financial incentive is also provided to MBBS as well as PG doctors for serving in the rural areas. These incentives are over and above the salaries of the doctors concerned.
This information was given by the the Union Health and Family Welfare Minister JP Nadda in the Rajya Sabha.