Jamshedpur : Medical Council of India’s (MCI) proposal to increase duration
of MBBS course from existing 5.5 years to 6.5 years, students of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM)
Medical College here joined the nationwide stir against the proposed decision and held a protest at the MGM Medical College and Hospital premises.
They demanded the Union health ministry to withdraw the extension of the medical course from 5.5 years to 6.5 years.
About 250 students of the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) Medical College went on indefinite
strike on Thursday. The students, including girls staged the protest. “We are all united here to raise protest against the proposal.
The students struggle hard for getting seat in the college and increase in during course will add to woes,” one of the medical students. He said that instead of increasing the course duration, the compulsory one year rural posting be either incorporated within the existing
MBBS course structure or included as part of the PG course.
The health ministry recently cleared a proposal for increasing the duration of the MBBS course from existing 5.5 years to 6.5 years with the addition of a compulsory one-year rural posting for admission into postgraduate programmes.
“We are not against rural postings, but we want the one- year rural internship to be included as a part of our curriculum either during the MBBS course or at the post- graduate stage,” said Shruti Sinha, a student. The members of the Junior Doctors Association (JDA) have also extended their support to the striking medical students and stopped working at the OPD from this morning.
“We have also lend our support and have stopped working at the OPD in protest from this morning. The protest from the JDA will continue until the proposed new medical course is
not rolled back and revised,” said Chakraborty Kumar Singh, the JDA secretary.
He, however, said that their duty in the emergency service will not be affected as they have decided to stop working only in the OPD. When contacted S K Chowdhury, superintendent, MGM Medical College and Hospital claimed the OPD service was not much affected due to the participation by the junior doctors in the strike.
“The junior doctors have gone on strike in support of the striking students, they have
not given me anything in writing that they would not work at the OPD,” said Chowdhury.