Doctors demand withdrawal of increase in tuition fee in medical colleges
Ludhiana: The Alliance of Doctors for Ethical Healthcare (ADEH) has condemned steep rise in the tuition fee for MBBS courses. The Haryana government has announced increased by 24.5% in the tuition fee by the private medical colleges. After this MBBS course will cost nearly 54 lakh rupees and additional charges of hostel and books etc. Dr G S Grewal former President Punjab Medical Council (PMC) and Dr. Arun Mitra, former Chairman Ethical committee PMC and members of core committee ADEH have demanded withdrawal of this increase. With such type of decisions not only the poor but the middleclass families will not be able to send their wards to the medical colleges. This is a reflection of overall approach of the government towards the medical education. This approach is in total contravention to the need for universal health care to the people of the country. In spite of fact that government is fully aware that there is tremendous shortage of doctors, instead of making it affordable for common students with good marks, this decision is a message to poor and middleclass students not to dream to be a doctor.
Government is well advised to invest in health and medical education and make education extremely affordable and withdraw its decision. Such a decision by one state government gives alibi to other states to follow the suit.