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What happened to the BRMS / BRHC course?


QUESTION—What happened to the BRMS / BRHCcourse?




1—The health minister Sh.Ghulam Nabi Azad wanted to solve the so called problem of scarcity of doctorsin rural and remote areas by starting a 3-1/2 years course to be calledBachelor of Rural Medicine and Surgery Course. The medical community protested.Following such protest, the ministry changed the name of the course to Bachelorof Rural Health Care.


2—The proponents of thecourse got a PIL filed in the Delhi High Court through Meenakshi Gautam. IMA,Kerala, got impleaded as a party to oppose the PIL. The court decided the PIL infavour of the petitioner and gave a time bound schedule to the MCI to preparethe syllabus etc. for the course. The medical community / IMA continued toprotest.


3—Initially the MCI seemedto be towing the government line but then wisdom dawned and it refused. As perthe Hindu dated 5 April 2011, Sh. Keshav Desiraju, additional secretary at theMinistry of Health and Family Welfare stated that—“MCI does not want to notifythe course, because they say it is not medical training, it is not meant toproduce doctors.”



4—The Additional Secretaryadded--“But we are certainly not scrapping the course…We just need some sort ofregulatory mechanism.” He added that affiliation with the Indira GandhiNational Open University was one idea being considered, while another is thepossibility of an independent regulator.



5—SUMMARY—The minister /ministry are still trying to figure out:  what to do; through whom to get it done;through whom to get it validated; if no validation is available through theexisting regulatory mechanisms, which new regulatory mechanism to create andhow.  


6—Practical implication—Thedoctors’ / IMA’s unity has paid off. For the time being, the BRHC proposalseems to have been buried and is no longer active. The IMA and the medicalcommunity in general need to continue their efforts to protest injustice todoctors. They have yet to challenge the CEA, 2010, in a court.


---M C Gupta

MBBS & MD (Medicine),AIIMS;

LL.B. (Delhi); LL.M.(Kurukshetra)

Fellow: National Foundationof Clinical Forensic Medicine

Awardee: Annual OrationAward 2011, Indian Association of Medico-legal Experts

Ex-Additional Professor,AIIMS

Ex-Professor and Dean,NIHFW

Practicing advocate

[email protected]

6 April2011



(Ex)Prof. M C Gupta

MD (Medicine), MPH, LL.M.,

Advocate & Medico-legal Consultant








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