Can Foreign Doctors Work in India - Doctor with OCI practicing medicine in India

Foreign doctors can work in India provided they fulfill two conditions: 1. The should have authorization to work in India 2. Their medical qualifications should be approved by the MCI As far as the first condition is concerned, the government of India has already announced that doctors who are registered as Overseas Citizens of India, OCI holders, would be allowed to practice medicine in India, subject to their meeting the licensing requirements. The second condition regards to meeting the registration requirements to practice medicine in India, currently means that foreign doctors must take and qualify the MCI screening test. Screening test refers to a mandatory qualifying examination for the purpose of recognition of foreign qualifications. There are several reports published lately in the Indian news media, stating that OCI doctors who hold foreign qualifications may be exempt from the requirement of passing the MCI screening test. Such reports started after the Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh announced in 2009 while inaugurating the 7th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.

Current Situation - Foreign Doctors working in India

Here is my assessment of the current situation, for foreign doctors practicing in India. 1.The government of India realizes the shortage of Doctors in India and is in the process of making it easier for OCI doctors to work in India. 2.Thursday Dec 22, 2011, the Union health minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad introduced the National Commission for Human Resources for Health (NCHRH) Bill, 2011 in the Rajya Sabha.  The purpose of this bill is to create a new authority by scrapping all other regulatory bodies that currently exist, such as, the Medical Council of India (MCI), Dental Council of India (DCI), Pharmacy Council of India and Nursing Council of India. The aim of the bill is to bring all these bodies under one predominant Council which will have the Medical Council of India (MCI), Pharmacy Council of India (PCI), Nursing Council of India (NCI), Dental Council of India (DCI) and the proposed Central Councils for Paramedical and Allied Medical Sciences Education under it. The Council will endeavor to bring about reforms in medical education, so as to increase supply of skilled medical personnel to the Indian health care sector. The Council body will be headed by a secretary-general who will hold office for a fixed term of three years. She/he will have a secretariat that will have seven departments, each dedicated for separate categories like medicine, pharmacy, nursing, dentistry, rehabilitation and physiotherapy, public health and hospital management and allied health sciences. In an effort to provide more insight an excerpt of the proposed NCHRH Bill 2011 is provided in the below: 33. (1) No person, being a citizen of India or a registered Overseas citizen of India, who obtains the recognised qualification granted by medical institution in any country outside India recognised for enrolment as medical practitioner in that country shall be entitled for enrolment by the National Council or the State Council, as the case may be, unless he qualifies the screening test in India to be conducted by the Board. 33. (4) The Commission may, by notification, exempt any person, who possesses the recognised qualification and enrolled as health practitioner in a country outside India for a period of not less than three years, from the requirement of the screening test under this section. More information will be added as it becomes available. The proposed NCHRH bill 2011 can be viewed HERE.
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