Mumbai: In response to a petition filed by Peoples Health Organisation (PHO), the Bombay High Court asked the Medical Council of India (MCI) to reveal course of action on doubling the number of seats for post-graduate medical courses, improving infrastructure in hospitals and filling up vacancies of teachers.

The court also asked the state government to inform on March 24 about its strategy to improve the infrastructure in hospitals.

IS Gilada, Secretary of PHO, urged that the admission process for post graduate medical courses for this year had already commenced, hence the PIL should be heard expeditiously and the matter be kept high on board on the next date of hearing.

Besides MCI, the other respondents are Maharashtra government and the Centre.

Highlighting the shortage of medical post-graduate seats due to alleged gross negligence of the Union and state governments, the PIL alleged that failure to improve hospital infrastructure and fill up vacancies of teachers had fuelled the crisis further.

There have been cases of suicides committed by young and frustrated doctors who failed to secure admission in post-graduate courses, the PIL said.

(Agency)