Medicos in Chennai opposed to mandatory serving in rural areas

November 19th, 2007 - 9:38 pm ICT by admin  

Chennai, Nov 19 (ANI): Post Graduate Medical students of Tamil Nadu and House Surgeons Council have threatened to go on a hunger strike in Chennai against the Centre’s decision to make rural service for the medical students compulsory.
The medical students today launched a token strike against it.
Recently, Union Health Minister, Anbumani Ramadoss, had announced to table a Bill favouring compulsory rural service for the medical students.
“We want union Health Minister to drop this plan. And we also want the Chief Minister M Karunanidhi to intervene and resolve it as soon as possible,” said Sathish Kumar, spokesperson of Tamil Nadu Medical Students and House Surgeons Council.
However, most of villagers are in favour of student doctors serving in rural areas, which they think would improve the medical facility there.
“We don’t have doctors here, we have to go for long distance for treatment and if we have student doctors giving treatment for us it would be very helpful for us,” said Saraswathi, a village women. (ANI)

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