Gujarat: Since 2020, 70 Percent of MBBS Doctors Have Not Joined Government Duty Despite Bond
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Out of 2,653 MBBS
students who passed out from government medical colleges
, 70 percent have not joined the duty since 2020 according to a response said by the government recently in the state legislative assembly . The students are yet to pay the bond amount.
The state government in the state legislative assembly said that 1,856 students have not joined government-run facilities. These students receive granted medical education and in return they have signed a bond wherein they serve in the government-run health facilities - primarily in rural or remote areas for a year
As per TOI report, the data which is shared by state health department stated that out of 1,856 doctors
who have not joined the government duty, 1, 310 are yet to pay the bond in response to the questions put forward by Kirit Kumar Patel, MLA from Patan, and Dinesh Thakor, MLA from Chanasma.
Five years back, the medical students had to sign a bond of Rs 1.5 lakh for the three-year service however during the covid period, there was a revamp and as of now the students need to serve for a year at any chosen government-run facility by the health department or pay Rs.10 lakh as bond amount
Further as per TOI report, out of the 872 MBBS graduates, 57 percent did not join the service in 2022-23. In 2020-21, 84 percent did not join and 75 percent in 2021-22.
Senior health department official told TOI that one of the reasons of MBBS students not joining and paying the bond amount could be them chosing medical PG course and further said that a procedure to recover the pending amount from students who have not served the duty is in progress.
One of the student leader told TOI the junior doctors face issues from human resources to medicines and few even consider it a waste of time due to the lack of learning progress. Adding to that, the student leader said that many start preparing for NEET PG Exam.