Doctors of All Systems of Medicine can use prefix ‘Dr’ – Lok Sabha

BAMS, BHMS, BUMS, BSMS, BYNS – All can use prefix DR 

Practitioners of Modern Medicine, Indian Systems of Medicines, as well as Dentistry, who is recognised by the central government- all can use the prefix “Dr” in the country, Minister of State ( Health), Shri Anupriya Patel Clarified in parliament.

Earlier MCI and IMA demanded to restrict Dr Prefix to allopathy practitioners only.

The minister was addressing to a question asked by the Lok Sabha Member Tapas Mandal who questioned which all practitioners can use the ” Dr” tag before names and how can a common man differentiate between practitioners of different paths in this case.

In the Lok Sabha session Anupriya Patel answered that people holding recognised degree in Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery (BHMS), Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (BUMS), Bachelor of Siddha Medicine and Surgery (BSMS), Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yogic Science (BNYS), and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) add the prefix ‘Dr’ to their names

She further added that this decision comes after the central government under the Directorship of ICMR had constituted a committee to provide a recommendation on the effects/benefits of a various system of medicines in the country. The association issued a recommendation which says that the prefix ’Dr’ can only be used by a practitioner of that system of medicines that are recognized by the central government. The recommendation had been accepted by the government, which has already issued an order in this regard on November 25, 2003.

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