Medicos' stir 'stage-managed' by political parties: Ramadoss

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Chennai, Nov 27 (UNI) PMK founder leader S Ramadoss today charged the Tamil Nadu Government and various political parties with ''provoking'' medical students in the state to protest against the Centre's move to make rural posting compulsory.

Talking to newspersons here, he alleged that the ongoing medicos stir was being ''stage-managed'' by political parties to 'spoil' the image of Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss.

He questioned how could the government allow the entry of political leaders into the Madras Medical College campus, to ''influence'' the medicos. The agitating medicos had misunderstood the extension of the MBBS course by one-year, to six-and-half-years.

There was no change in the course duration of five-and-half-years and the extra one year would be spent in public service at rural, town and district hospitals with a stay period of four months each and a monthly stipend of Rs 8,000, he explained.

Based on this compulsory rural posting, the Centre had decided to bring in a piece of legislation shortly, he said. ''The striking medicos need not worry about the extension of the course duration which was not the idea of the proposed law,'' he clarified.

''Medical students have to give up their 'needless' agitation which is being instigated by vested political interests,'' he alleged.

In some States, there was compulsory rural service for medical students. In contrast, the proposed Central legislation would make rural posting for one year as a form of public service to the rural people and hence, the law should be welcomed, Ramadoss argued.

Consequent to the consultations with medicos, the Union Health Ministry had constituted Sambasiva Rao Committee to look into the whole gamut of issues pertaining to the legislation. It would take a few months before the draft bill was introduced in Parliament, he said.

At the State Health Ministers meeting recently, the resolution to welcome the new legislation was passed unanimously. Barring Tamil Nadu, there were no protests against the move anywhere in the country, he said.

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