Acute shortage of doctors in rural areas

Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Mizoram face a crisis of lack of doctors

GN Bureau | August 1, 2017


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 The country's rural health infrastructure is in a bad shape and this is evident from the statistics provided by the ministry of health family welfare in the Lok Sabha during the ongoing monsoon session.

The data reveals that a total of 22,040 specialist doctors are required in the rural areas at community health centres, but we have only 4,192 specialist doctors in that position. 
 
 
Even the sanctioned post is low with 11,262 posts. These specialists include surgeons, gynaecologists, obstetricians, physicians and paediatricians. The respective state governments have failed even in filling up the sanctioned positions, creating a vacancy on 7,359 posts. In percentage terms, this works out a shortage of 81 percent.
 
Over all, there is a shortage of 17,854 doctors out of a requirement of 22,040.  
 
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