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Health ministry approves diploma courses offered by College of Physicians and Surgeons, Mumbai

Our Bureau, Mumbai
Friday, December 29, 2017, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

After almost a decade-long tussle, the Union health ministry in consultation with Medical Council of India (MCI) has recognized Diploma Courses offered by College of Physicians and Surgeons, Mumbai.

Making changes in the Indian Medical Council Act 1956, the ministry has notified that all the diploma courses, conducted by the College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPS), Mumbai will be considered as a recognised qualification retrospectively from 2009.  This effectively means that the CPS diploma holders can now be hired as specialists in public as well as private hospitals.  The MCI had earlier recognised the diploma courses offered by CPS, but withdrew recognition in 2009.

The move was intended to make up for the huge shortfall of specialists particularly gynaecologists, paediatrician and anaesthesiologists in the government hospitals in India. Government’s own data suggest that while the country produces 63,835 MBBS graduates every year, it has less than 25,000 PG seats. In contrast, specialists’ vacancies are reported to be more than 80 per cent in community health centers alone. It will enable the hospitals to opt for affiliation from CPS and offer on-job training for resident doctors for two years at the end of which they will be considered specialists in the respective branches.

CPS was established in 1913 during British rule to fulfill the need of intermediate medical specialists. It offers two year diploma courses in broad specialties like anaesthesia, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, orthopaedics, radiology, etc.

CPS courses, till recently were recognized only by Maharashtra and Gujarat governments. The institute currently sees about 800 MBBS doctors passing out as diploma holders every year but the recognition by the Centre could mean that the number will reach about 12,000.

Dr Devi Shetty, chairman of Narayana Health and founder of the Association of Healthcare Providers of India (AHPI) who was instrumental in getting the new rule approved said that it is an “excellent opportunity acquire intermediate specialization which in-turn can strengthen rural healthcare delivery and improve healthcare indicators by making available adequate specialists in healthcare delivery system.”

“We cannot improve on health indicators including infant or maternal mortality rate by merely increasing budget allocation unless we have specialists to deliver medical care,” Girdhar Gyani, director general of the AHPI, said.

There are about 5.6 million women requiring caesarean section every year and for that country needs 150,000 obstetricians-gynaecologists against the present number of 30,000.  Statistics also show that the country requires 200,000 paediatricians against presently available 23,000 and 100,000 radiologists against the presently available figure of 10,000.

 

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