A few weeks ago, I had written at length about some of the biggest healthcare challenges we face as a nation; everything from private healthcare costs, the quirky medical education system, and the faltering standards of government health services. It’s now election season here in India, and the government has found itself rushing to pass some last minute laws.
One of these laws talks about the compulsory rural posting, an issue that I had touched on in that article. The rural posting requirement is basically a one year long compulsory stint, at a small public health care facility. The purpose of it all is to ensure citizens in far flung corners of the country, receive a minimal, but at many times life saving amount of healthcare.
The government will on the 28th of this month, pass the rural posting law into effect. An unexpected addendum to this proposal however, was an increase in the internship duration from 1 year to 2 years. To see the government disregard us to the extent that it didn’t even think it was necessary to formally announce it, is disheartening to say the least. Anyway, in a matter of less than a fortnight, medical students around the country would have come to the stunning realisation, that their 5.5 year courses are now to be extended to a total of 7.5 years.… Contd.