India health minister lists measures to meet nation’s need for doctors

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 20 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4504
  1. Cheryl Travasso
  1. 1Mumbai

Relaxing the ratio of teachers to medical students, increasing the age limit of medical college teachers, and boosting undergraduate places are some of the current strategies to meet the demand for doctors in India by 2020, said JP Nadda, the union health minister, in a written reply to the upper house of the Indian parliament last week.1

The World Health Organization recommends a ratio of one doctor to 1000 people. With its estimated …

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