The Hindu

Doctors laud decision on PG diploma courses

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Doctors have welcomed the move by Centre and the Medical Council of India to recognise eight postgradua­te diploma courses under the National Board of Examinatio­ns. They said the decision would reduce the shortage of specialist­s within the next five years. Devi Shetty, cardiac surgeon and chairman of Narayana Health, said, “Every year, approximat­ely 1,70,000 doctors write the NEET post-graduate exam to apply for about 50,000 postgradua­te seats ... This means that, annually, many of the remaining doctors who do not get one of these seats may not return to clinical work.”

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