DAK calls for restructuring of medical education cadre

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, Mar 1: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today called for restructuring of medical education cadre into three-tier system in conformity with the prescribed norms by Medical Council of India (MCI).
Urging State Government to replace existing four-tier with three-tier promotion system, the DAK president Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan said it would end stagnation in career advancement and would address the issue of depleted faculty positions at higher posts.
“While MCI has made it mandatory for all medical colleges and institutions to have uniform three-tier system for teaching faculty, but JK state has failed to implement it. The state government cannot lay down standards of medical education and frame rules which are in conflict with MCI guidelines,” he said.
Non-implementation of MCI rules has not only affected the teaching in medical colleges/institutes but it has also jeopardized patient care.
He said the prestigious health institutions which were built to promote and deliver quality health care and impart medical education might lose some of the undergraduate seats and postgraduate courses in near future due to deficient faculty. “In absence of adequate professors, these institutes were not able to start postgraduate courses in number of disciplines,” the DAK president said.
If the existing system is not changed and the new one is not adapted immediately it would entail de-recognition of many courses, which could collapse the entire health sector of the State, he added.

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