IMA opposes pharmacists from getting Dr entitlement

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first_imgNew Delhi: With the reported directions provided by the Pharmacy Council of India to use the prefix Doctor (Dr) while awarding degrees to Pharm D graduates, Indian Medical Association (IMA) strongly opposes any such moves.As this title reflects entitlement and identity, IMA is against all such shift from those who are trained in other streams of the health sector to venture into medical practice. According to IMA, such illegitimate conferment cannot become entitlements, just in case if an advocate or an engineer should be called doctor by an executive order. Such social anarchy only creates confusion in the minds of common man and the impact it has on the structure of a well organized society is clearly evident. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCAspiration in any course needs to be legitimate and appropriate to be recognised. The roles and responsibilities of nurses, physiotherapists, optometrists and others in the field of healthcare are irreplaceable and are as per their entitlement. “Bridge courses and illegitimate conferment of the title of Dr are two faces of the same issue which defies the sole purpose of NEET. This year the cut-off marks in the NEET for government seats were 497 out of 700, wherein most of the students, settled for non-medical courses,” said Dr Santanu Sen, the national president of Indian Medical Association. Sen further said, “A pharmacist by any other name will remain a pharmacist. Indirect entitlement to practice of modern medicine on human beings by coloured exercise of power by bodies created for a limited purpose is unacceptable. Transgressions of entitlement are illegal and illegitimate.”last_img

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