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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

AYUSH fraternity slams MCI’s new medical course

The proposed introduction of the three-and-a-half-year degree course in community medicine by the Medical Council of India(MCI) has created an uproar amongst the doctors including Karnataka Government Medical Officers Association(KGMOA) and Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) fraternity in Indore.
On one hand where KGMOA claims that the new course will only generate more quacks, the AYUSH fraternity is concerned about the contradiction as students with allopathic and AYUSH degrees are already doing the same work.
Opposing the B Sc in community health course that will be started from April next year, KGMOA President Dr HN Ravindra said instead of increasing the number of public health centres(PHCs) or number of under-qualified doctors, there should be more MBBS doctors to serve rural areas.
President of the Indian Medical Association-MP branch Dr Dilip Acharya said, "Nearly one lakh AYUSH doctors in the country are unemployed and the new course will only lead to resentment within the community. Union government should rather train unemployed AYUSH doctors for six months and allow them to work to meet scarcity of medical officers in rural areas."
he AYUSH medical officer association too is apprehensive about the new course. They said the government should give preference to people who have knowledge about medicine and body physiology and train them for better utilization of human resources. "A large number of people with AYUSH degrees are already unemployed. Government should initiate action to provide job avenues to them first," said Dr S D Jadhav, president, AYUSH medical officer association.source:http://daily.bhaskar.com/article/NAT-TOP-kgmoa-ayush-fraternity-slams-mcis-new-medical-course-3841841-NOR.html

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