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Dentists to practice as general physicians

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Dentists to practice as general physicians


What to study?

For prelims and mains: rationale behind the move, shortage of doctors- constraints, challenges and measures needed.


Context: Niti Aayog, has agreed to a Dental Council of India proposal to allow dentists to practice as general physicians after a bridge course.



The development comes following a meeting in the Prime Minister’s Office earlier this month in which it was urged that unconventional methods be adopted to address the shortage of doctors in the country, particularly in rural areas.  


The proposal:

  1. The DCI has proposed a post Bachelor of Dental Science (BDS) bridge course running for 3 years
  2. admission would be either through a common entrance exam or through cumulative marks secured in the BDS course, or even a combination
  3. the syllabus curriculum, scheme of examination, method of evaluation, degrees and registration all these criteria will be the same as recommended for MBBS.


Opposition from IMA:

Country’s largest body of private doctors—Indian Medical Association—which had earlier opposed a similar course for AYUSH practitioners has vehemently protested the proposed move too.

What’s the issue? across India MBBS graduates were not being absorbed into post-graduate courses and there was also no creation of new posts, new primary health care centres etc with the government stating that budget was a constraint.


Need of the hour:

The IMA demands that medical graduates be given their due, the health budget be flexed to include job creation for them.


Sources: the Hindu.