Indore : The proposal for a bridge course to enable dentists to practice as a MBBS doctor, is in pipeline and may soon come into effect. A confirmation to this effect was made by the Vice chancellor of Madhya Pradesh Medical University, Dr RS Sharma, who revealed that the government is also planning to give permission to dentists to practise modern medicine.
The doctor was also found coming out in support of government’s proposal to allow alternative medicine practitioners, to prescribe allopathic medicines following a stipulated period of training. This, he said, may be an important move in the light of acute shortage of doctors in the country especially the rural areas, reports Free Press Journal
Vice chancellor of Madhya Pradesh Medical University, Dr RS Sharma, praising the governments move and voicing support for it’s decision to replace Medical Council of India with National Medical Commission, said “It is a good move to fulfill the requirement of doctors especially in rural areas and nothing is wrong if they deploy them after proper training.”
The Doctor Population Ratio as per WHO norms should be 1:1000, in India it is 1:1674. Thus, there is overall shortage of doctors in the country which is more pronounced in rural areas.
While the proposal to allow alternative medicine practitioners, permission to prescribe allopathic medicines following a stipulated period of training is also underway, the move is facing strong opposition by the IMA.
President of Indian Medical Association-Indore Dr Sanjay Londhe said that they will continue their protest against establishment of NMC and permitting alternative practitioners to practise modern medicine. “Dr Sharma may support the government’s move and it might be his personal views but we will continue our fight. How a person can work parallel to doctors after studying only for six months,” Dr Londhe said.