Now, unani, ayurveda practitioners can prescribe allopathy medicines, perform surgeries

There are more than 70,000 graduate and post-graduate ayurveda and unani practitioners in state

Mumbai | Published:February 28, 2014 3:04 am
 The proposal was put forward by the medical education department, even as the law and judiciary department questioned its validity.
The proposal was put forward by the medical education department, even as the law and judiciary department questioned its validity.

Over a month after its controversial decision to allow homeopathic doctors to prescribe allopathy drugs, the state Cabinet has decided to allow unani and ayurveda practitioners to legally prescribe allopathic drugs and perform minor surgeries. There are more than 70,000 graduate and post-graduate ayurveda and unani practitioners in the state.

The proposal was put forward by the medical education department, even as the law and judiciary department questioned its validity. The medical education department argued that ayurveda and unani doctors were already prescribing allopathy drugs and the proposed move will allow them to do so legally. Additionally, the cabinet also decided to allow post-graduate ayurveda and unani doctors to perform minor surgeries such as cataract, hydrocele, appendix, vasectomy, hysterectomy etc. legally.

A senior official said that following two government notifications in 1992 and 1999, ayurveda and unani practitioners were already prescribing allopathic drugs, albeit with difficulties. “They were facing difficulties in prescribing allopathic drugs as the notifications were not incorporated in the Maharashtra Medical Practitioners Act, 1961. The Act will now be amended to this effect,” said the official.

The department has argued that the move will improve the reach of medical service in rural areas, where 1,983 of the 8,847 posts of doctors under the public health department are vacant at present.

While 25 per cent of posts of medical officers in the public health department are reserved for ayurveda doctors, unani doctors have been making a demand for 10 per cent reservation.
“Both Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery and Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery courses have subjects that cover modern practice of medicine and surgery. Moreover, M.S/M.D (ayurveda) and MS/MD (Unani) will be allowed to perform those surgeries that they have studied,” the official said.

Medical associations have criticised the move. Dr Jayesh Lele, secretary of Indian Medical Association (IMA), Maharashtra chapter, said, “We will challenge the state government’s decision in court. This is a mere election stunt. The government needs to keep the medical field in mind. This will hamper practice of medicine.”

Dr Kishor Taori, president of Maharashtra Medical council (MMC), said, “As per the Medical Council of India norms, a doctor practising a particular branch of medicine cannot practise any other branch. We will not register doctors who wish to prescribe both allopathic and ayurvedic/unani medicines.”


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    Vaibha i
    Sep 7, 2016 at 12:43 pm
    Y arent only bhms doctors nt allowed to do surgeries?
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      degree in
      Apr 30, 2015 at 2:07 pm
      May I know that Indian medical ociation has captured all scientific medications ?
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        raju
        Jan 16, 2015 at 4:52 pm
        See my friends its not possible to stop people to prctice an un related nedicine coz India is very big country big cntry in place and popltion. First govt has to proper medical ofcers jobs for qualified doctors. Must encourage banks to gave loans to establish hsptls and has to stop giving PMPs certfcates. AYUSH peoples has to providea special permission to practise allopathy only up to some extent.from now for every admission every medical student gave their concent not to prctice other streamthese are 5 steps must be done to set our medical system
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          Dr.Harimohan Goel
          Dec 26, 2014 at 6:53 am
          I think Mr Joseph has become MAD, he even dosent know, whta is Ayurveda and what is Allopathy. Ayurved is the father of all medical sciences in the world. He says barbers can hang their degrees is highly objectionable and defamatory. I think these type of people are anti social elements and come in the category of terrorist against the educated people.Dr.Harimohan GGoelMussoorie
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            sourabh parashar
            Jun 13, 2014 at 4:35 am
            their should be a separate 1 year course and degree/diploma for doctors who wish to learn other stream of medicines
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              AKHI
              May 30, 2014 at 3:59 am
              IT IS SHAMEFUL TO RELATE COMPOUNDER AND BARBERS WITH AYURVED DEGREES , GOVERNMENT IS CONCERNED ABOUT THE PATIENT WHO ARE RESIDING IN REMOTE AREAS
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                DrSubhransu Sekhar
                Oct 30, 2014 at 10:08 am
                An ayurvedic physician or homeopathic physician are well equiped with the knowledge of medical science and medicines ,so a doctor's minimum right to save a patient's life and health must be accredited . In this country an asha worker or a compounder can precribe medicines in an outrageously rampant rate ,but if a trained doctor from BAMS and BHMS doctor is granted to practice emergency medicines at least to save the patinet's life then many questions of legality and illegality are raised ? In a country where quackery goes rampantly ,why the doctros of BAMS or BHMS are barred to practice minimum primary allopathy drugs ? Is medical science is under the patronage and right of a speciefic faculty of physicians ? Are every doctors or loyal to the system of general protocol of treatment and loyal to the patients always ? Why this discremenation ? BAMS and BHMS are equvalent to MBBS with same basic courses of medical science like Anatomy,Physiology,Pathology, Gyan.& Obstr. general basic surgery ,paediatrics etc. .These are also WHO recognized medical fraternity .The parctice of allopathy drugs by a BAMS/BHMS is not an important issue but the issue is why a particular sects of physicians and paramedical workers and pharmacists are eye raising on this ? this is because not that they are so mercyful and bennevolent towards health systems of indian potion but by that their professional and business income will be effected to a less beneficial stage offcourse . Is an asha worker are knowledgable enough to distribute the antimalarial drugs,anti filarial drugs and other drugs ? if this is dugested easily then why some people opposing the minimum right of a BAMS/BHMS doctor without even knowing the facts in deep?
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                  DrSubhransu Sekhar
                  Oct 30, 2014 at 10:08 am
                  An ayurvedic physician or homeopathic physician are well equiped with the knowledge of medical science and medicines ,so a doctor's minimum right to save a patient's life and health must be accredited . In this country an asha worker or a compounder can precribe medicines in an outrageously rampant rate ,but if a trained doctor from BAMS and BHMS doctor is granted to practice emergency medicines at least to save the patinet's life then many questions of legality and illegality are raised ? In a country where quackery goes rampantly ,why the doctros of BAMS or BHMS are barred to practice minimum primary allopathy drugs ? Is medical science is under the patronage and right of a speciefic faculty of physicians ? Are every doctors or loyal to the system of general protocol of treatment and loyal to the patients always ? Why this discremenation ? BAMS and BHMS are equvalent to MBBS with same basic courses of medical science like Anatomy,Physiology,Pathology, Gyan.& Obstr. general basic surgery ,paediatrics etc. .These are also WHO recognized medical fraternity .The parctice of allopathy drugs by a BAMS/BHMS is not an important issue but the issue is why a particular sects of physicians and paramedical workers and pharmacists are eye raising on this ? this is because not that they are so mercyful and bennevolent towards health systems of indian potion but by that their professional and business income will be effected to a less beneficial stage offcourse . Is an asha worker are knowledgable enough to distribute the antimalarial drugs,anti filarial drugs and other drugs ? if this is dugested easily then why some people opposing the minimum right of a BAMS/BHMS doctor without even knowing the facts in deep?
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                    Joseph C
                    Mar 6, 2014 at 12:09 pm
                    Government is encouraging quackery where compounder and barbers can hang their ayurvedic degrees, which can be bought at dime a dozen, and prescribe antibiotics and life saving drugs with impunity. No wonder India ranks as the worst offender as far as micro-bacterial resistance to antibiotics are concerened
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