MCI directed to finalise content of rural medical course

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the Medical Council of India (MCI) to finalise within six weeks the curriculum for starting a three-and-half years course for non-MBBS physicians to practise medicine in rural health centres.

Justice Rajiv Shakdher said that on failing to finalise the curriculum of Bachelor of Rural Health Care (BRHC), the MCI secretary shall remain personally present during the next hearing on October 18.

Filing a contempt petition, petitioner Meenakshi Gautam said that on November 10, 2010, the court ordered the MCI to start by March 2011 the BRHC course but no action was taken.

Senior counsel Prashant Bhushan, appearing for Gautam, complained that the delay in starting the course was leading to a serious situation where people in rural areas were being deprived of healthcare facilities.

The union government submitted before the court that it was ready to start the course, but was still waiting for the MCI to finalise the curriculum.

The petition said: “The court had given the MCI two months’ time to finalise the curriculum and syllabus of the primary healthcare practitioner course…A further period of two months was given to the ministry of health and family welfare for the enforcement of the same.”

“The Medical Council of India apparently opposed the course in 2011 and was not willing to notify it,” the petition alleged.

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  1. I wonder why the government is taking such decisions! This will surely create more ego clashes in the medical system. Such courses will make the practice of medicine substandard. Even after completing five and half years course, we know our limited knowledge. So, if there is a three years course, we can easily imagine the horrible situation we are going to face. Why they want the people in rural areas to be treated by half doctors? Instead of doing this, they could have started more government hospitals by giving a good payment to the young doctors. Even AYUSH systems will definitely suffer from the license to practice so called modern medicine. It is very unfortunate that medical field is a money making business. The silence of CCH is highly condemnable. May the soul of Hahnemann pardon them!

  2. great news for us…i find a great path ..for homoeopathy
    …..the govt now has allowed to practice allopathy…soon they will allow to practise homoeopathy… its on us how much we can prove the efficency of homoeopathy ……as well it will help in dealing with the crisis we r having in our rural area….good go govt

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