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Govt postpones NEET PG till Aug 31, final year MBBS students can monitor mild COVID cases

New Delhi, May 3

In wide-ranging decisions to boost the availability of medical personnel for Covid response, the Government on Monday decided to postpone NEET PG for four months until August 31 to rope in MBBS pass-outs preparing for the exams.

It also permitted final year MBBS students to conduct teleconsultation and monitoring of mild Covid cases under the supervision of senior doctors.
The decisions were taken after Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the growing need for adequate human resources for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

“A decision was taken to postpone NEET-PG for at least 4 months and the exam will not be held before 31st August 2021. Students will also be given at least one month of time after announcement of exam before it is conducted. This will make a large number of qualified doctors available for Covid duties,” the Health Ministry said.

It was also decided to allow deployment of medical interns in Covid Management duties under the supervision of their faculty, as part of the Internship rotation.

The government said states can use the services of final year MBBS students for providing services like teleconsultation and monitoring of mild Covid cases after due orientation by and under the supervision of faculty.

“This will reduce the workload on existing doctors engaged in Covid duty and provide boost to efforts of triaging,” said the Centre.

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