NMC Bill: Maha sees rise in AYUSH doctors applying for bridge course

However, IMA, which opposes state government’s decision to continue with the course, says it’s akin to playing with people’s health

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The doctors from Indian Medical Association, the largest body of allopathy doctors, is up against the central government on the issue of bridge course for AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy) doctors. But the ongoing tussle between the IMA and the Union government hasn’t deterred AYUSH doctors in Maharashtra.

Given the Maharashtra government’s decision to continue with the bridge course for AYUSH doctors in the state, more and more AYUSH doctors are applying for the bridge course, which gives them the right to practice modern medicine.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Kalidas Chavan, Registrar of the Maharashtra University of Health Services, Nashik, said, “After the state government’s decision to continue with the bridge course, more AYUSH doctors have applied for the bridge course. Compared to last year, 200 more doctors have applied for the course with us. This year, in all, 700 doctors have enrolled with us, compared to just 500 last year.”

Dr Chavan further added, “The duration of the bridge course for AYUSH doctors is of one year. In this one year, they will learn Gynecology, Medicine, Surgery and Physician. After completing one year, they will be subjected to the examination. Once they clear the exam, they will be handed the certificates.”

But, the IMA, has opposed the state government’s decision.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Parthiv Sanghvi, Secretary of the Indian Medical Association, Maharashtra, said, “With just one year’s worth of knowledge, no-one can become a doctor. The state government is playing with people’s health. In order to overcome the shortage of doctors in rural areas, the government has taken this decision. But till now, the courts have not given permission to the government.”

The NMC Bill still remains a major tug-of-war between the government and the Indian Medical Association.