The vulnerabilities of the medical field in India were left open with the covid-19 pandemic. The Indian healthcare system’s loopholes were uncovered and everyone is aware of the sufferings of people. The people and government both cannot deny that there is a need for reforms in the medical and healthcare sector to make it up to the mark.
There is a need for improved medical infrastructure and systems with trained and talented professionals. This is the only source for quality healthcare and the welfare of citizens. The government and administration must consolidate the mislaid medical sector of the country particularly in the rural and less developed areas of the country.
Uncovering the capability:
Currently, the upcoming talent of the country has no more plans of making a successful career in the medical field as it did earlier. The option to select and join the medical profession by the young generation has been declining over the years.
As a country, this trend can be threatening particularly because of our dense population. The price of mediocre talent will be big considering the issues of life, health, and well-being. We can’t afford to appoint intermediate talent for this significant field with real-life risks. The long training period and expensive fees with fewer salaries in comparison to the skills and knowledge in this field are some reasons for it. Along with that, the absence of sufficient professional growth opportunities is turning talent away.
We cannot ignore the nature and significance of the medical and healthcare profession. So, all the actions must be taken to remove the barriers in the way of making young talent hesitate from being a part of this profession. It is important to encourage the most promising talent who are ambitious and capable of serving to be a part of this sector.
The ethics and nobility of this profession with the combination of delight to explore the science is an attraction for the inquisitive minds. It is important to give relevant opportunities to the new talent to grow and develop themselves.
At the same time retaining the quality and preciseness in training for the medical field is crucial. In the effort to increase the number of medical professionals, it is important to retain the inherent quality of this field. Otherwise, it can have negative impacts.
At the same time, encouraging excellent expert professionals to become a part of the teaching faculty is also essential. A new update should be done in appointing the faculty and original research should be promoted. The building of new medical colleges should be partnered with research centres and modern training with expert faculty.
Time to update and modify the NEET:
The first step to reform the medical profession is by bringing changes and transparency in the admission system and NEET. No doubt, it has been successful in eradicating the malpractice of capitation fees. But, the system of NEET has further created other discrepancies and vices in the medical admission process. The Tamil Nadu Government had set up a special panel to review the NEET exam and its consequences and the findings were shocking. It found that the students from more affluent families cleared the entrance than the students from economically weaker sections.
Moreover, the students who were from the English medium performed well. These findings coupled with the suicide by students who were not able to quality NEET, made the government consider the decision to cancel the entrance.
Also, the exam is the only way to get admission into medical institutions across the country and it takes place once a year. So, students are forced to focus on theory study under intense pressure due to a lack of alternatives. New and effective options must be considered to make students study without pressure and prove their talent in the medical field.
Increase in PG seats:-
An important issue in the Medical field is the low number of PG seats that refrain students from taking up this field. Nowadays students want to study further after graduation while specializing in their field. The number of graduate seats is more than postgraduate seats.
So, the number of graduates is more but the seats for further studies is less, which is not impressive for young talent. As a result, the number of postgraduates is more in western countries than in their graduate seats. So, the government should strengthen its efforts to increase the number of PG seats.
Need to reform PHC:
At last, we shall talk about the PHC or public health sectors. The Public health sector for giving primary treatment in the country especially in the rural areas is significant. There is a lack of qualified doctors, essential facilities, and efficient management. It is important to mend these issues because this can be a great opportunity for medical professionals and for the common population who frequently visit a primary health care facility.
The time and situations have changed across the globe. It is time to shun the old practices and adopt the new ones to cater to modern and future needs. The budding talent today is the future of medical professionals and it’s time to fix the loopholes in the medical sector and make it flourish for the good health and well-being of the population.