Health Sector – UHC, National Health Policy, Family Planning, Health Insurance, etc.

Dentists can practise as General Physicians after bridge courseMains Only

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From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Not Much

Mains level : Adressing shortage of doctors in India


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

Meeting shortage of doctors

  • The DCI had last year also sent a proposal to the medical education regulator—Medical Council of India — but the previous council did not take it forward.
  • It was urged that unconventional methods be adopted to address the shortage of doctors in the country, particularly in rural areas.
  • 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.

About the bridge course

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