The Pune chapter of BAMS Graduates Association of India has condemned a recent release by Medical Council of India that said candidates registered in Ayurveda have no right to practice in allopathy. BGA president Suhas Joshi said,BAMS graduates are legally allowed to practice in Mahasashtra. In the 1999 amendment in Food and Drug Act of 1945,individual states were asked to frame their own laws to decide upon whether BAMS graduates can practice in alloapthy or not. Maharashtra government passed an order regarding the same. Other states should also follow the same.
Joshi added,Whenever there is reference to bogus doctors or quacks,Ayurvedic doctors are cited as examples. Organisations like MCI are responsible for this. BAMS graduates get training in allopathy medical sciences also including pharmacology. This fact is always ignored. The members pointed out that they may initiate legal action if the MCI does not respond. Subhash Ranade,president of International Ayurveda Academy,said,The ancient science Ayurveda is being given step-motherly treatment by the government. The recently-formulated National Council for Human Resources in Health does not have any representative of AYUSH (Department of Ayurveda,Yoga & Naturopathy,Unani,Siddha and Homoeopathy ). This is really unjust.