Friday, January 4, 2013

Overseas Indian doctors may practice in India without screening tests
Points to Note: 
  1. This is a statement made by UHS at a meeting.
  2. MCI has not yet given any direction for scrapping the exam.
  3. FMGE will still be conducted by NBE till any official order is given on MCI website or any gazette notification is released.
The central government will allow overseas Indian doctors to practice in the country without undergoing screening tests, Union Health Secretary P.K. Pradhan announced on Wednesday at the on-going Global Healthcare Summit in Kochi. The high-profile forum was attended by the top brass from the industry and government officials.

‘The centre is ready with the bill to amend the Medical Council of India (MCI) Act and allow the overseas Indians to practice in their homeland as demanded by the expatriate professionals for long. This is expected during the budget session of parliament,’ said Pradhan.

The central government was planning to improve the secondary care by upgrading district hospitals. ‘There is a huge scope for partnership with the private sector in the areas like diagnostic services and labs,’ he said.

Director General of Health Services Jagadish Prasad urged the private hospitals to reserve 10 percent of services free of cost for the poor under the corporate social responsibility. The government wanted to cooperate with the private sector in the areas like telemedicine, besides preventive measures such as screening, community medicine, upgrading secondary and tertiary care, he said.

Offering to work as link between the Government and the private sector players, Advisor to the Prime Minister T K A Nair urged them to prepare a roadmap to ensure that affordable drugs and healthcare is made accessible to the people. He further proposed to frame a mechanism to take the initiative further. Keen interest to work with other stakeholders and build collaborative partnerships to increase access and quality healthcare was expressed by Omar Ishrak, Chairman and CEO of Medtronic.

Noting that his company was inspired by Ayurveda, the mother of all sciences, Managing Director of Sami Labs Dr Muhammed Majeed said, ‘We have developed two natural drugs: one for glaucoma and another for treating psoriasis first time in the country. Three other drugs are in the pipeline.’ Dr Majeed is respected as a patron of Ayurveda in the United States. Suggesting that the forum should be utilized to firm up concrete partnership, DM Healthcare chairman Dr Azad Moopen also called upon the government to think of levying Sin tax on alcohol and even on soft drinks to part-finance a proper social insurance scheme to achieve the inclusive growth. He advised to begin with the idea of setting up medical colleges in each district.

With inputs from IANS
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