The issue of bridge course for AYUSH doctors, which will enable and give them license to prescribe allopathy medicine, has been the core issue between the IMA doctors and the union government.
Although the union government, after the standing committee on health’s recommendations excluded the bridge course from the NMC Bill amended draft. The centre government has asked the states to take a final decision as per the situation in the state.
Maharashtra is the only state in India, which has the bridge course for AYUSH doctors to practice modern medicine.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Pravin Shingare, Director Medical Education and Research (DMER) said, “Doctors refrain themselves from serving in rural areas. But, AYUSH doctors provide medical services in rural areas. In order to train these doctors, to proscribe modern medicines with traditional medicines, government had started the bridge course. The union government, after studying the Maharashtra model has decided to adopt it at a pan India level. But, the allopathy doctors are protesting against this.”
Dr Shingare further said, “The centre has asked the state to decide on the bridge course issue. And we have decided to continue with the bridge course.”
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has been up against the government on bridge course issue. Dr Sudhir Patil, President of the Mumbai chapter of the IMA said, “Compared to number of patients doctors are less. That doesn’t mean that government will allow the AYUSH doctors to practice modern medicine. No one can become a doctor by merely getting trained for six months. This will jeopardise the patient’s safety.”
Since the past three days, homeopathy doctors across the state are protesting to include bridge course in the NMC Bill. While the IMA doctors are against the bridge course.