Centre should not privatise hospitals through NRHM: DASE

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Chennai, Dec 30 (UNI) Doctors' Association for Social Equality (DASE) today said the Central Government should not privatise the government hospitals through National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).

In a press release here, Association general secretary G R Ravindranath said a resolution had been passed that the Centre should not extend the MBBS course duration from five-and-half years to six-and-half years. The Centre and state governments should provide attractive salary and more incentives to doctors, who are asked to serve in rural areas, he added.

Dr Ravindranath said DASE urged the state government to initiate steps to eliminate break system in medical education, which goes against the rural students, who studied in Tamil medium schools up to twelfth standard. The government should allow the medicos to appear for the examination and subsequently to face the interview in Tamil, he added.

He said the government should take steps to regularise the services of doctors.

He lauded the state government's decision to provide reservation for miniority communities in education and employment.

Dr Ravindranath urged the government to follow the footsteps of the Andhra Pradesh Government to protect the doctors and their properties from anti-social elements.

DASE also urged the Centre and state governments to start more medical colleges, the release added.

UNI

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