Homeopath and Ayurved practitioners on Thursday welcomed the SC order that dismissed the Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) seeking to restrain the former from prescribing allopathic medicines.
It may be recalled that the state assembly and the legislative council had in June last year given its approval to the bill that allowed homeopaths to practice allopathy after a one-year bridge course in pharmacology.
IMA had, however, moved the Bombay HC over the issue and had also questioned the state cabinet’s decision to allow unani and ayurveda practitioners to legally prescribe allopathic medicine and perform minor surgeries. However, with the Bombay High Court denying interim relief in its order on December 24 last year, the IMA had filed a special leave petition on the issue in the apex court. They had sought a stay on the amendments made by the state Assembly in the Maharashtra Medical Council Act and Maharashtra Medical Practitioners’ Act.
While welcoming the decision, Dr Bahubali Shah, chief of the Maharashtra Homoepathy Practitioners Association, and Dr Suhas Parchure, former chief of National Integrated Medical Association, said it would benefit over 60,000 homeopaths and more than 80,000 ayurved practitioners in Maharashtra. Parchure further said that the bridge course should be done away with.
Medical Development Forum convenor Dr S Sardeshmukh in a statement issued on Thursday said that by dismissing the petition, the SC had in a way justified the ayurved and homeopathic practitioners stand of being able to practice integrated medicine.
Dr Jayesh Lele, chief (elect) of the state unit of IMA, however, said they had not received the copy of the order and would be able to comment only after reading it.