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SC rules in favour of States’ Policies on Compulsory Service of Doctors in Rural Areas

Meha Kumari
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  • 20 Aug, 2019 11:30 pm
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court has ruled that doctors across the country are bound by the compulsory bonds executed by them at the time of their admissions in post-graduate and super speciality medical courses. Describing the move as in the larger public interest and beneficial for deprived sections of society, the top court ruled in favour of the policy of various state governments to have compulsory bonds to be executed by the doctors before their admissions to PG and super speciality courses. A bench, headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao, affirmed policies of states of Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and West Bengal.
In a batch of petitions, the Association of Medical Super Speciality Aspirants and Residents and others had challenged the state governments’ regulations that imposed a condition of compulsory service for a minimum fixed period with the state.

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