The Tamil Nadu government has raised concerns about the National Medical Commission’s notification, which imposes restrictions on the establishment of new medical colleges. National Medical Commission on restricting the opening of new medical colleges has created a “regressive scenario” and should be kept in abeyance, the Tamil Nadu government said. Chief Minister M K Stalin has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to direct the Union Health Ministry to temporarily suspend the notification and commence a consultative process to resolve the issue, as reported by PTI.
“The recent NMC restriction on new medical colleges is another attempt to encroach upon the rights of States! Why penalise the States that have tirelessly built their strong public health infrastructure over decades? Is it fair to deprive backward districts from getting tertiary healthcare at new medical colleges?,” said CM M K Stalin in a tweet.
This step from NMC could severely limit the future growth of both public and private healthcare services in states like Tamil Nadu. I urge Hon’ble PM to reconsider this move. Every district deserves the best health care for the poor! Every State should be allowed to prosper to its full potential!!,” M K Stalin added.
“Chennai has emerged as the healthcare capital of India. In both public and private sectors, our skilled medical professionals have been able to successfully serve not only the people of Tamil Nadu but also of other states as well as other nations. This has generated a huge demand for quality health services and new institutions are absolutely necessary for us to cater to it in the future,” Stalin added.
“The criterion proposed for such restriction, higher doctor-population ratio at the state level as compared to the norms, is also not appropriate. Even when there is adequate availability of doctors at the state level, there are districts where their availability continues to be a persistent issue,” he said.