Health Policy

Union Health Minister approves rural medicine course

eHEALTH BureauUnion Health Minister Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad has approved the Bachelor for Rural Medicine Course (BRMC), giving all states the choice to adopt it. Minor changes are being made in the proposed course and the proposal has been sent to the Medical Council of India (MCI).As media reports, though the course was proposed earlier this year, it faced objections from the medical fraternity, which feared that the course would create disparity between rural and urban doctors. It was then reworked with the ministry limiting the course to ‘general medication’.The MCI’s utive committee had also proposed to extend the course tenure from three-and-a-half years to four years. “It would be institutional in character, conducted through medical schools which would be tagged with public district hospitals, in districts where there are no medical colleges as of now,” says the proposed course.


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