Docs going to US to study must promise to return

FP

Minister of Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday announced that any doctor going to the US for higher studies would have to sign a bond before leaving, saying that she or he would return to India after completing the course.

"From this year onwards, any student going for further medical education to the US will have to give us a bond that he will come back after finishing the studies. In the last three years, 3,000 doctors went abroad for studies and did not return. Now if a student does not come back from the US, he will not be allowed to practise there," Azad said.

This follows a demand from the US that the Indian government should give a no-objection certificate (NOC) before the enrolment of a student in a US university.

This would give the government the right to write to the US to deny a student permission to practise in the country if the bond is not honoured.

Azad also expressed hope that the Medical Council of India would give its approval to the proposed three-year Bachelor of Rural Health Care course, which seeks to create a separate cadre of public health professionals in the country to serve in rural areas.

The union health minister said doctors' organisations were not interested in the course.

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