NITI Aayog Agrees to Allow Dentists to Practice as General Physicians

Published on April 26, 2019
Government's think tank NITI Aayog has agreed to the proposal of the Dental Council of India which had sought to allow dentists to practice as general physicians after a bridge course.
NITI Aayog Agrees to Allow Dentists to Practice as General Physicians
  • The proposal was in the backdrop of the call by the Prime Minister's office to explore unconventional methods to address the shortage of doctors in the country, particularly in rural areas.

Proposal of the Dental Council of India:

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

IMA's opposition to the proposal:

  • Indian Medical Association has vehemently opposed the proposal.
  • Stating the figures the IMA has said that 63,250 MBBS graduates come out of 494 medical colleges every year and India has only 23,729 post-graduate seats.
  • Unemployment among medical graduates is a cause for concern and the IMA has called the policy as flawed.

Question:

Q. Who has agreed to the proposal of the Dental Council of India which had sought to allow dentists to practice as general physicians after a bridge course?
a. Indian Medical Association
b. Ministry of AYUSH
c. NITI Aayog
d. Doctors Council of India

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