Doctors have organized a campaign at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hospital to protest against the Union Health Ministry’s proposed National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill.
Thousands of doctors went on a nationwide strike to protest the bill on January 2 before the current protest. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) also opposed it stating that this will be a blow to the medical profession.
The NMC bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on December 29, 2017 by the Union, Minister of Health and Family Welfare JP Nadda that aimed to reform the medical education sector.
The Bill initially proposes a bridge course which will allow AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) practitioners to prescribe some allopathic medicines. The proposal of a bridge course is among one of the reason behind its opposition.
If we look at the homeopathy, it is a system of an alternative medicine. A homeopathic student also undergoes course in our country. They are trained in every subject that a student of allopathy is taught excluding pharmacology.
The homeopathy students use the same textbooks, the syllabus for the subjects are the same, and the allotted time for these subjects to be taught is also almost the similar as the MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) syllabus.
The bridge course should be understood with its reason for its proposal; which is to ease the burden on overworked allopathic doctors and to share the disease burden of the nation. As per the English daily, our country has a little over one million modern medicine doctors to treat its 1.3 billion people which is very less.
In such case, alternative medicine practitioners can help in solving the problem of certain illness, if better provided with the bridge course. So if the course has such an advantage the government should look forward to introduce such provision in order to benefit the large number.