Soon,NRI doctors may work at district hospitals

Some of the district hospitals in the country may soon have NRI doctors on duty — for short stints

Written by Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi | Published: January 23, 2012 3:12:31 am

Some of the district hospitals in the country may soon have NRI doctors on duty — for short stints.

Spurred into action by the large number of doctors at the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas celebrations in Jaipur earlier this month,who expressed a willingness to serve in their places of origin,the Health Ministry is setting up a website where such doctors can register. An NRI cell has been set up to coordinate with them.

In his speech at Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas,Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad had urged people of Indian origin living abroad to make concrete contributions in developing healthcare infrastructure in the country.

“After the minister’s speech,many people walked up to him and said they wanted to contribute to the country’s health setup. That is when the idea emerged… The health department can prepare in such a way that they make the most of the month or so the person will be available for. For example,if a surgeon wants to come,patients can be lined up so that most number of people will derive benefit,” said Health Secretary P K Pradhan.

Officials concede that lack of facilities at district hospitals may be a problem for complicated surgeries. “We are looking at how best it can work but obviously the problem will be more acute in some specialties,” said an official.

Though existing rules do not allow an Overseas Indias to practise here without registration or appearing in the screening test,the Health draft Bill seeks to change that by allowing such practitioners to work in India for limited periods of time.

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