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July 25, 2015

WB CM aims to revive family physicians

WB CM aims to revive family physicians

West Bengal Government is all set to roll out 2-Year Diploma Course with aid from Royal College Of General Practitioners.

Bengal is going all out to bring back a dying breed of doctors -family physicians. Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will on Monday announce a two-year diploma course in family medicine to create a batch of family physicians for the state.

Mamata Banerjee will arrive in London on Sunday with a 60-member delegation for her three-day maiden visit to UK . On Monday , the state’s principal secretary of health Malay Kumar De will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) to roll out the course.

Bengal is trying to bring back the family physician to the forefront of primary healthcare. Till now, most family physicians had MBBS degrees.

Bengal, in technical collaboration with RCGP, started a one-year fellowship in family medicine in 2012-13 for those with an MBBS degree. The fellowship was awarded jointly by West Bengal University of Health Sciences and RGCP and covered anesthesiology , critical care medicine, paediatrics, neonatology and orthopaedics and trauma care.