Indian Medical Association disapproves short term medical course proposed by the centre
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Indian Medical Association disapproves short term medical course proposed by the centre

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Indian Medical Association has gone against the decision of the centre to introduce short term medical course in the undergraduate level in the country to meet the demand of rural doctors. According to the IMA this will be like producing half-baked doctors. Ministry of Health and Family welfare recently approved Medical Council of India’s (MCI) proposal for four year Bachelor in Rural Healthcare course. This course was aimed at meeting the public health challenges in rural areas. The condensed course aims to produce 1.45 lakh rural doctors. The idea has been rejected because it will be discriminatory for rural population as urban areas will have fully qualified MBBS doctors whereas rural areas will have half-trained doctors. Also it is difficult to restrict such doctors to remain in rural areas.

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