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J Family Med Prim Care. 2015 Apr-Jun;4(2):159-61. doi: 10.4103/2249-4863.154621.

The leadership crisis of medical profession in India: ongoing impact on the health system.

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President, Academy of Family Physicians of India, Chief Editor, Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, New Delhi, India.

Abstract

By 2030 India will have one million additional MBBS doctors; currently being produced @50,000 per year. Contrary to perception of scarcity of medical doctors, a large section of newly qualified physicians are spending considerable years in dysfunctional status due to mismanagement in human resource in health in India. There are very few employment opportunities for qualified doctors in public sector; at the same time the average salary of MBBS doctors in urban private hospitals is very low. Paradoxically, in a country of 1.3 billion populations there is no actual demand for medical professionals. While the popular perception is that young doctors are not willing for community service, a reality check is required on the count of intent and capacity of public sector as well as industry towards engagement of medical doctors in the process of service delivery. The visible leaders of medical profession are unable to reflect the ground reality. There is a leadership crisis among medical doctors in India.

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