News in brief: December 2012
About 10 000 Indian doctors who have trained outside their home country are unable to apply for junior doctor posts. Despite completing undergraduate medical degree abroad in countries such as Russia and Poland, these graduates are failing to pass the national examination they need to secure a doctor’s job in India.
The examination, which is set by the Medical Council of India (MCI), had a pass rate of 27% in 2011, with its highest ever pass rate being 50% in 2005. Candidates who fail must wait six months before they can attempt the examination again.
Graduates across the country plan to approach the Indian parliament and prime minister Manmohan Singh to demand the test be scrapped.
MCI officials said they would not discard or dilute the test. “Medicine, unlike other courses, cannot be taken lightly. Doctors deal with lives. We want to convince ourselves that every doctor is adequately trained,” said