The government has agreed to delay the NEET-PG exam for at least four months, with the exam not taking place until August 31.
In order to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic in the region, the government has agreed to use medical students as necessary human resources. In a high-level Covid-19 review meeting today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed to allow medical interns to perform Covid management duties under the supervision of their faculty as part of their internship rotation.
“After due orientation by and under the supervision of faculty, the services of final year MBBS students can be used for providing services including tele-consultation and monitoring of mild Covid cases,” the government release mentioned. It was also mentioned that the MBBS students’ subsequent service would reduce the workload of current doctors on Covid duty. The government has also agreed to delay the NEET-PG exam for at least four months, with the exam not taking place until August 31. “Students will also be granted at least one month’s notice after the exam is announced before it is held. As a result, a large number of eligible doctors will be available to work for Covid “the press release mentioned.
After completing a minimum of 100 days of Covid duty, students who provide services in Covid management will be given preference in upcoming regular government recruitment. Medical students will be given first preference for vaccination and will be protected by the health plan for staff battling Covid-19. The doctors will also be honoured with the Prime Minister’s Distinguished Covid National Service Samman.
On June 16, the Central Government issued guidelines to make it easier for doctors and nurses to work for Covid. The central government given a special Rs 15,000 crore Public Health Emergency Support to ramp up facilities and human capital for Covid management. According to the release, this process resulted in the recruitment of an additional 2206 specialists, 4685 medical officers, and 25,593 staff nurses through the National Health Mission.