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Friday, Jan 22, 2010
Doctors to protest against rural medical course

Thiruvananthapuram: Doctors and medical students, led by the Indian Medical Association and other doctors’ organisations like the Kerala Government Medical College Teachers’ Association and the Kerala Government Medical Officers’ Association, are preparing to launch an agitation against the Medical Council of India’s proposal to solve the shortage of doctors in rural areas by starting a new rural MBBS course.

Doctors in the State have proposed to observe January 22 as ‘black day’. They have also decided to form an action committee . The IMA and other doctors’ organisations have also called for a dharna in front of the Raj Bhavan on January 27.
The MCI put forth the proposal to start a three-and-a-half year rural MBBS course, to be called the Bachelor of Rural Medicine and Surgery (BRMS), so that students from rural areas can be enrolled for the same, who can then serve in the district hospitals and primary health centres in rural areas. The MCI came up with this proposal to meet the shortage of doctors in rural areas.

However, the IMA and other doctors’ outfits decided to oppose this proposal as they feel that it will create a new cadre of doctors who are not as qualified as their urban counterparts and create a divide in the medical education system. The policy that rural population need be served only by ‘half-baked’ doctors while well-qualified doctors serve the urban population cannot be accepted, the IMA said in a statement here.
Courtesy: The Hindu
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