Meghalaya to Seek More Medical Seats to Address Doctor Shortage

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Meghalaya’s Health Minister, Ampareen Lyngdoh, has revealed the state’s plan to petition the central government for an increased allocation of medical seats designated specifically for students from Meghalaya.

Addressing Doctor Shortage

The primary objective of this initiative is to combat the prevailing scarcity of doctors within the state, as highlighted by the minister.

Last year, Meghalaya secured a total of 96 medical seats from the central pool, with the allocation subject to annual variations based on availability. However, the state aims to secure a more consistent allotment to meet its unique requirements.

Additionally, the government is in the process of compiling data regarding the return rates of MBBS graduates who pursued their studies through sponsored programs. While some information regarding the whereabouts of these doctors is available, enforcing the existing service bond poses challenges.

Minister Lyngdoh acknowledged the impracticality of compelling students who fulfilled the bond to return. However, she stressed the importance of keeping students apprised of their obligations and proposed the establishment of a mandatory state medical board for registration. This measure is envisaged to enhance transparency and accountability.

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