India to recognise foreign degrees in Medicine: Anbumani

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Bangalore, Mar 15: India has taken an unilateral decision to recognise foreign Medical degrees in selected five English speaking countries to augment the 'Health Human Resources' in the country, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Anbumani Ramadoss said today.

Speaking to presspersons on the sidelines of 14th Convocation of the National Board Examination (NBE) here, he said that initially India had decided to recognise PG degrees offered by UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Similar recognition will be extended shortly to medical degrees of other countries including Singapore, he added.

Dr Ramadoss said that the Union Government would take up the matter of seeking reciprocal gesture for recognising Indian Medical degrees with UK, United States and other countries.

Dismissing apprehensions by Indian Medical Associations (IMA) and other bodies against the Government's decision on allowing foreign medical professionals to carry out practice in India, Dr Anbumani sharply reacted saying that "No NGO's including IMA should come in the process of evolving government's policies" he said.

Dr Ramadoss said that the Centre has entered into an MoU with IMA to assist a national programme intending to fight against Tuberculosis in which over 50000 private practitioners were expected to lend their helping hand.Dr Ramadoss also expressed his opposition over increasing tendency among Indians to get attracted towards Junk Foods, Tobacco and Drugs, which according to him lead to major health challenges to tackle in the days to come. Replying to questions Dr Ramadoss said that the notification making it mandatory to cigarette and beedi manufacturers to imprint pictorial warning monogram, on every pack of cigarettes and beedis, will come into force from three months from now. "Stringent actions will be initiated if it was not complied with" he warned.

Earlier addressing the NBE graduates Dr Ramadoss informed that India was facing severe infrastructure and human resource availability to tackle increasing public health challenges. "Against the need of one lakh new medical graduates in the country only 35000 graduates were coming out from universities every year" he said and added that the situation of non-availability of paramedical staff was also a matter of concern, he added.

Expressing serious concern over deteriorating Patients Safety issues among the hospitals both in private and public sector Dr Ramadoss called for rational use of Bloods, medicines while providing major focus on their utmost care. "At present we are harnessing only 4.5 million Blood units against the demand of over 7.5 million units" Dr Ramadoss said. "Decline in adhering to professional Ethics also becoming a serious issue to address" he added.


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