Chennai, Nov 21 (UNI) The Tamil Nadu unit of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) today offered support to the striking Medicos in Tamil Nadu, stating that the Centre should drop its move to extend the MBBS course to six-and-a-half-years by making one year rural postings compulsory.
Welcoming the indefinite relay hunger strike launched by the Medical students and House surgeons across the State, CPI(M) State unit Secretary N Varadarajan said it was a welcome suggestion that Doctors should serve in rural areas, but they should be given proper appointment orders.
It was not fair on the part of the Centre to say that the Medical students would be awarded the MBBS degree only after they served in rural areas for a year, thus extending the course from the present five-and-a-half-years to six-and-a-half-years.
When the students were ready to serve in rural areas after completing their studies, if they were issued proper appointment orders, the Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss should drop the move to introduce one year compulsory postings.
Dr Ramadoss should not repeatedly rake up the issue and create unrest among the students, Mr Varadarajan added.