Doctors can’t escape rural service, says Minister
There is no escaping the mandatory one year rural service for candidates completing MBBS and postgraduate medical courses, with the State government issuing a final notification of the Karnataka Compulsory Service Training by Candidates Completed Medical Course Act, 2012.
Medical Education Minister Sharanprakash Patil told The Hindu on Sunday that the notification had come into immediate effect.
He said that all medical students who complete MBBS course in the State would have to compulsorily out in one year service in rural areas to qualify for MBBS certificates. “If anybody violates this provision, not only would they become ineligible to get their certificates, but would also have to pay a fine of Rs. 30 lakh to the government as per the provisions of the new Act”.
Dr. Patil said that if a student gets admission to the PG course immediately on completion of MBBS, he or she would be given concession to finish the course, but would have to put in the mandatory service as soon as it is over.
The Minister said that all those posted in the rural service would be paid salaries on par with government doctors. The recurring expenditure due to enlistment of services of these doctors would be Rs. 300 crore, and on an average 5,000 MBBS doctors, 2,000 postgraduate doctors and 100 super-specialists would be available yearly to improve health services in rural areas.
If anybody violates this provision, they will not be eligible to get their certificates and will have to pay a fine of Rs. 30 lakh to the government