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Augmenting Doctor-Patient Ratio in India

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The Central Government has initiated the following measures to facilitate setting up of medical colleges to increase number of doctors/specialists in the country:

  1. Requirement for land, faculty, staff, bed/ bed strength, other infrastructure, etc. has been relaxed.
  2. Maximum intake capacity at MBBS level has been increased from 150 to 250.
  3. Maximum age for appointment of faculty has been enhanced from 65 to 70 years.
  4. Diplomate of National Board in Family Medicine (DNB) qualifications have been recognized for appointment to various faculty positions.
  5. Teacher – student ratio has been relaxed to increase the seats at Postgraduate level.
  6. The Central Government under the scheme of `Strengthening and Upgradation of State Government Medical Colleges` is providing financial support to State medical colleges to increase postgraduate seats in various disciplines or start new postgraduate medical courses.

Source: PIB

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