DEPARTMENT-RELATED PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
NINETY-SECOND REPORT-THE FUNCTIONING OF MEDICAL COUNCIL OF INDIA
Despite having the most number of medical colleges in the world, and currently having approximately 9.29 lakhs doctors enrolled on the Indian Medical Register, India is way behind in achieving the targeted doctor population ratio of 1:1000 as per WHO norms. Shortage of doctors, who are the most important cog in the health care delivery system, has derailed both access to and quality of health care, especially to the vulnerable and poorer sections of the country.Though there have been substantial improvements in health outcomes over the years, there are still large gaps in health care accessibility in many parts of the country and Universal Health Care still remains a distant dream. Issues concerning medical education, access to adequate health care to all people and the entrenched inadequacy of health and clinical governance in the country have been engaging the attention of the Committee for quite some time.