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.

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bridge course for ayush doctors draws dispute: NMC Bill

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.

 Senior orthopaedic surgeon Nitin Bhagali said, “When physicians with postgraduate (MD) degree in medicine are punished for calling themselves cardiologists or diabetologists then how twice-a-week training for a year entitles you practice like a registered medical practitioner holding medical degree (MBBS) in modern medicine.
 He alleged that the government is cheating patients by letting Ayush doctors practice modern medicine.
Bridge course for ayush doctors however, supported by Ayurvedic & Homeopathic medical professionals. Integrated medicine practitoner V D Tembhurnikar, president of National Integrated Medical Association, said, “In villages and small towns, very few MBBS doctors and consultants are available. Again, their fee is not affordable to many. The bill will address the need for trained healthcare providers especially in rural parts.”

 

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