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MBBS Bridge Course: Gujarat Invites Applications, IMA Goes to Court

MBBS Bridge Course: Gujarat Invites Applications, IMA Goes to Court

Gujarat: Responding furiously to the move of the state government of initiating the 6-month bridge course for Ayurveda practitioners and nurses to enable them to practice the modern system of Medicine, the Indian Medical Association, Gujarat Branch recently knocked the doors of the Gujarat High Court, only to be referred back to the Health Department.

DNA reports that the Gujarat High Court disposed of the matter, refusing to intervene on grounds as the representation of IMA was already pending before the state health department. It, however, directed the State Department to take clarify stand and decide on the representation submitted by the association.

The IMA earlier this week had challenged in court, the recent advertisement calling for applications for a 6 month Bridge course from candidates of Bachelor of Science (Nursing), Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), and General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM). The purpose of the course as per the government is to empower Ayurveda practitioners and Staff Nurses who after being trained in primary care and public Health competencies through the bridge course are envisaged to be placed as Mid-Level care providers in Sub Health Centres to be strengthened as Health and wellness Centres

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Medical Dialogues had earlier reported that the court has been approved by IGNOU.

Read Also: Bridge Course for Nursing, Ayurveda approved by IGNOU: Minister .

Stating that the bridge course is nothing but an indirect route to permit the individuals not holding an MBBS degree to practice the modern form of medicine, the IMA pointed out that are per law only an MBBS degree holder can work as a medical officer in Gujarat Health Services.

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The IMA also stated that allowing the above-mentioned practitioners to practice the modern form of medicine just by going through a bridge course is in contravention of norms, quotes DNA.

Responding to the petition, the single-judge bench of justice SH Vora noted that a representation of IMA was already pending before the state health department directing the department to decide on the representation submitted by the association.

Medical Dialogues team had earlier reported that the contentious bridge course had also made into National Medical Commission Bill, but following the opposition from the modern medicine practitioners, the clause had been withdrawn.

Read Also: NO Bridge Course for the time being: Rajya Sabha Committee Decision



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  1. Bridge course start in gujrat??

  2. Dear sir
    This is essentially must without any better option . We must encourage before starting medical practice irrespective in any alternative .to minimise some major blunders by recognising the critical and or complex medical status of patients to
    suggest best options of treatment.
    (1) this doctors are Available in interior and peripheries where infrastructure and medical services are otherwise also compromised.
    (2) convenient easy approach and affordable by patients .
    (2) 80 % medical illnesses are minor one and can be treated with success .
    Hospital have always scarcities of mbbs doctors due to various reasons
    MBBS doctors majority found not interested in due to no practical skill and ready to make carrier
    Hospitals are lacking recruiting these mbbs doctores due to high turnover so they don’t have better options then recruiting non mbbs doctors who ultimately learn by exposure and perform well at almost half a rate
    All consultants need better assistance and no better option then these in almost all private nursing home and hospitals in reality
    By educating them and giving recognition, they will work with self esteems without being exploited .
    The course must be at various level for different objectives for rural practice
    Assisting various consultants each faculty needs different know how even to assist sensibly
    For preventive medicines
    For primary care at dispensary for different level training minimum months to 2 to 3 years to duration on full time training course part time course and refreshers training without age bar is must

    Let’s us check plus points.

  3. Bridge course/any other named course for BAMS / BHMS and BUMS is a foolish concept. The Government should let them grow in heir fields with dignity and respect and make suitable arrangements for the same. BSc (Nursing) of modern medicine, after 5 years of nursing experience can be given 6 months of bridge course to enable them to work as \”nursing practitioners\”. This is a level between General nursing and the consultants.

  4. Only those averse to MBBS doctors may support this type of courses. Already there are many quacks, ANMs, nurses ,physiotherapists etc are practising modern medicine all over India. It is possible for an average ayurvedic doctor to learn allopathic medicine with six months training ?. Once government allows them to practice modern medicine after a period of training, patient can not complain. In allopathic medicine, there is nothing like mild or severe problem.The severe problem may start with mild symptoms and failure to suspect and treat properly will lead to complications and death.This is how many poor people initially attracted by low cost treatment are suffering in the hands of quacks now.

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    Dharmendra Kumar October 14, 2018, 10:35 pm

    MBBS bridge course is a bullshit.State govt can initiate a medical practitioner course and appoint them as rural practitioner on honorary basis apart from sanction Medical officer post for Rural health services delivered through PHC.

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