Kerala demands foreign MBBS graduates to pay Rs 1.2 lakh for internship in govt hospitals
Kannur: An order issued by the state government has instructed MBBS graduates who studied abroad to pay Rs 1.2 lakh as fees for 1-year internship in government hospitals in the state. Earlier, the graduates were undergoing internship for free.
Parents alleged that the government is exploiting them in times of Covid pandemic.
Foreign medicos return after serving as house surgeons for one year.
Earlier, the Kerala High Court had upheld the decision of the Travancore - Cochin Medical Council (TCMC) that candidates who have pursued their MBBS from abroad have to undertake a one-year mandatory internship in order to practice in the state.
For students who complete MBBS from other states in India, the internship fee for one year is Rs 60,000 (Rs 5000/month). Meanwhile, MBBS students in aided and government medical colleges are paid Rs 25,000 during the house surgency period.
The internship is a service done by students. Is it right to charge a fee for the service that we are doing? asked the students.
While the government spends lakhs of rupees on one student for the MBBS course in government medical colleges, we are studying abroad causing no expense to the government. This is a cruelty from government’s side, alleged parents and students.