IMA resists move to allow Ayurveda doctors to perform surgery


IMA has described Centre's ambitious 'one nation one system' policy in medical education a 'cocktail of disaster'

The Indian Medical Association (IMA), which represents the practitioners of modern medicine, has come out openly against the Union government’s decision to allow Ayurveda doctors to perform a variety of general surgeries like ENT, ophthalmology, and dental procedures.

The decision followed after the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM), which regulates the medical study and practice of Ayurveda, amended the Indian Medicine Central Council (Post Graduate Ayurveda Education) Regulations, 2016, to allow the PG students of Ayurveda to practice general surgery.

The IMA described the decision as a retrograde step of mixing the systems and warned that they will resist at all costs.

“We unequivocally condemn the uncivil ways of the CCIM to arrogate itself to vivisect modern medicine and empower its practitioners with undeserving areas of practice. They have no right to the technical terms, techniques and procedures of modern medicine. IMA draws the ‘Lakshman Rekha’ which they can cross at their peril,” the IMA said.

The IMA said that students and practitioners of modern medicine all over India are agitated over this violation of mutual identity and respect. It has urged the CCIM to develop its own surgical disciplines from its own ancient texts and not claim the surgical disciplines of modern medicine as its own.

The IMA has also asked its members and the medical fraternity not to teach disciplines of modern medicine to the students of other systems. "IMA will resist all efforts to mix systems. Let every system grow on its own strength and purity," it added.

The latest move by the Centre is an addition to the host of decisions taken amid the Covid-19 pandemic, which shows an impending paradigm shift in healthcare from modern medicine to the traditional form.

The IMA has been openly opposing such policy moves by the Centre, especially the plan to mix modern medicine with the traditional systems of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homoeopathy (AYUSH), in coming years, as envisaged by the Centre.

Rajan Sharma, President, IMA, had earlier stated that an integrative system of medicine would create a "khichdi medical system" and would produce hybrid doctors. The apex body of private practitioners of modern medicine had also condemned the Centre's ambitious 'one nation one system' policy in medical education and called it a 'cocktail of disaster' (with inputs from IANS)

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