PG medical students to get weekly off, 20 CLs per year | India News

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NEW DELHI: In a major overhaul aimed at ensuring work-life balance of post-graduate (PG) medical students, National Medical Commission (NMC) has decided that all PG students will be eligible for a weekly off and at least 20 days of casual leave per year.
The gazette notification issued on January 1, however, did not define “work hours” for resident doctors, which has been a demand of associations across the country.It mentions that doctors have to work for “reasonable working hours” and that they will be provided “reasonable time for rest” in a day.
“We have been raising the issue of defining minimum and maximum working hours for a long time. It is sad that this crucial issue hasn’t been addressed properly in the new notification,” said Dr Aviral Mathur, president of the Federation of Resident Doctors Association (Forda).
The NMC notification also mandates post-graduate medical students to spend at least three months in a district hospital as part of their course curriculum. Officials said the move is aimed to expose them to rural healthcare services.
Also, the notification states that all rounds of counselling for admission in PG courses have to be carried out by government agencies and through online mode so that all the admissions are on merit and transparent manner with no chance of corruption in admission.

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