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IMA has requested Union Health Minister to Allow all NEET-PG Candidates to participate in mop-up and stray vacancy rounds counseling.

Indian Medical Association (IMA) has requested the Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya to allow all the candidates appearing in the NEET-PG exam to participate in the mop-up counseling and straw vacancy round without any cut-off.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) said that these candidates have otherwise passed their graduation examination and thus fulfill the basic eligibility criteria.

In a letter on Thursday, it said that the country is going through a serious medical emergency and cannot raise any vacancies in any medical field.

According to the available data, many postgraduate seats fall vacant every year because not enough candidates above the cut-off choose them, the doctor’s body said.

It claimed that seats in reputed government colleges are also vacant in para-clinical and basic subjects.

One must see that they have worked in the COVID pandemic as intern, junior resident and other capacity and are registered, medical graduates. In addition, they must undergo vigorous training and pass a final MD/MS examination before the degree is awarded.

“India needs a lot of specialist doctors and one must understand that no seat should remain vacant when interested candidates are waiting to take admission but could not due to eligibility bar,” IMA said.

The doctor’s body said new measures were needed in challenging times. “It is thus requested that the condition of cut-off be waived off and admission be granted to all eligible candidates using NEET ranking. This can be considered as a one-time measure for this year in view of the pandemic.

“It would be really criminal if all the postgraduate seats are not filled even in case of emergency. It is a humble request of the Indian Medical Association to increase the workforce of doctors available,” it said.

“Indian Medical Association is the only representative, national voluntary organisation of Doctors of Modern Scientific System of Medicine, which looks after the interest of doctors as well as the well being of the community at large”.

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