The Karnataka government on November 24 told the state Assembly that a post-graduate diploma course for doctors in government service would be started in 11 state-run medical colleges from the next academic year as part of efforts to overcome the shortage of specialist doctors in rural areas.
Stating this, Health and Family Welfare Minister Ramesh Kumar expressed anguish over specialist doctors not willing to work in rural areas.
Replying to a question, he said there were vacancies for about 1,183 specialist doctors and this posed a “huge problem” to the government hospitals in rural areas.
Pointing out that the state had 53 medical colleges, including those run by private organisations, Kumar said 5,000 medical students and 2,000 experts graduated from these colleges every year.
“Still, we have the problem of filling up vacant posts of expert doctors…about a thousand of them is what we need.” The minister, targeting the specialist medical practitioners, called them “ungrateful”.
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“We are spending public money on their education…they may have education, but they have no culture,” he added.
Kumar said to overcome the problem of shortage of expert doctors working in rural areas, the state government has decided to start the post-graduate diploma course from the next academic year in 11 state-run medical colleges for in-service doctors.