Cabinet approves 10,000 new MBBS seats

Cabinet approves 10,000 new MBBS seats

The Union Cabinet on Monday approved addition of 10,000 new MBBS seats in government medical colleges in the next five years, with an underlying aim of improving India’s abysmal doctor-patient ratio.

An increase of 10,000 seats would cost approximately Rs 10,000 crore, with a proposed central assistance of Rs 7,500 crore. The share of states and Union territories would be Rs 2,500 crore.

The seats would be increased progressively over the next five years, said an official.
India at present has 381 medical colleges with 49,918 seats. Almost 50 per cent of these medical colleges are being run by the central and state governments.

According to Medical Council of India norms, a 50-seat medical college should have a 250-bed hospital along with other facilities and the requisite number of faculty.

While a 100-seat college would have a 500-bed hospital, a 200-seat college must have a 1,000-bed hospital after five years. Likewise, for a 250-seat college, the hospital must have 1,250 beds. At present, there are only seven medical colleges with more than 200 MBBS seats.

As the government plans to open 58 new medical colleges by upgrading district hospitals, the new seats may be distributed depending on the hospital bed strength and intake capacity of the college.

Initially, the medical colleges planned with each of these district hospitals would have 100 seats, which may be enhanced later.

The funding pattern for the 10,000 new seats would be 90:10 by the central and state governments respectively for the north-eastern and special category states and 70:30 for the other states. The cost of one MBBS seat is approximately Rs 1.2 crore.

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