The chairman of the Board of Governors of Medical Council of India (MCI), Dr S K Sarin has lamented on the lack of specialist doctors in the country.
Speaking at the 15th convocation ceremony of the SGPGI in Lucknow on Wednesday, Dr Sarin said there was a distinct lack of interest in MBBS amongst the youth these days.
"We have maximum number of MBBS in the country, but MD and MS are less in numbers, and there are only a few specialists," he added. " On the other hand, US has 24,000 post graduates and 16,000 graduate doctors. India actually needs a reverse rocket model, but we have worked out a modality, which will be finalised soon."
Clarifying the stand of the MCI on the six medical colleges seeking approval in UP, Dr Sarin said the state needed 21 colleges, but there were just six ready to be operational. "India has one doctor for 1,700 people. The US has one doctor for 324 persons. Even if 5,000 new doctors come up every year, it will take 19 years before we can bring the number up to one doctor per thousand population," he added.
143 students received their degrees at the convocation ceremony.