NMC Bill:Bridge course for ayush doctors allow allopathy practice
Medical experts have criticized the Union health ministry’s National Medical Commission Bill 2017 that allows bridge course for ayush doctors to practice modern (allopathy) medicine after clearing a year-long bridge course.
Ayush practitioners deal in Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy. “It is unacceptable to us as it will lead to an army of quacks in the country,” KK Aggarwal, national past president of the Indian Medical Association, said.
The bill seeks to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI), the current apex body regulating medical education in modern medicine. “It is a pro-private management bill, paving the way for widespread corruption. It removes all the regulations which are currently required to start a medical college,” ophthalmologist Sanjay Patil, vice-president of IMA, Pune branch, said.
“The bill is anti-patient as well since it promotes unscientific mixing of systems of different medicines. In short, this will increase corruption and have tremendous negative impact on medical profession,” he added.