New mid-grade health workers for rural areas are to start training in 2013

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 30 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8206
  1. Moyuha Chaudhuri
  1. 1New Delhi

India’s health ministry is introducing a bachelor of science (community health) course in April 2013 in an attempt to solve the problem of the acute shortage of doctors in rural India.

The course will run for three years and be followed by a six month rotational internship at rural health schools.

The minister of health and family welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad, said that there were 700 000 fully qualified medical doctors in India but that the country needed an additional million.

A quarter of primary healthcare centres do not …

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