The parliamentary panel on health wants the government to scrap its proposal for a bridge course to allow Ayush practitioners practice allopathy, two panel members said on condition of anonymity. The panel, which is reviewing the new National Medical Commission bill, which envisages overhauling medical education and replaces the tainted Medical Council of India, will also seek several other changes in the flagship legislation. The strike was called off only after the bill was referred to the parliamentary standing committee. The proposed board has 25 members out of which five are to be elected, 17, from the government of India and the remaining three, from the states. In its report to the Parliament, the panel however will ask the government to make massive investments in Ayush and maintain that it requires major expansion across India.

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M3 India Newsdesk Jul 21, In the Sunady Series today we bring to you an article by Dr. Neeraj Nagpal who throws light on the current situation where governments repeatedly promote crosspathy in India.

Successive governments have brought in laws which permit qualified Ayush doctors to prescribe modern scientific medicine. This is despite clear cut directives of the Honourable Supreme Court that a person who does not have knowledge of a particular system of medicine but practices in that system is a quack and a mere pretender to medical knowledge or skill, or to put it differently, a charlatan and practicing a system of medicine in which you have not qualified and is negligence per se.

This was reiterated in the case of Prof. The Mukhtiar Singh vs State of Punjab judgment of the Supreme Court said in that "a harmonious reading of Section 15 of the Indian Medical Council Act and the Section 17 of the Indian Medicine Central Council Act leads to the conclusion that there is no scope for a person enrolled on the State or Central Register of Indian Medicine to practice modern scientific medicine in any of its branches unless that person is also enrolled on the State Medical register of the Modern Scientific medicine.

Many other judgments have been delivered against ayurvedic and homoeopathic doctors for practising modern scientific medicine. The permission to practice modern scientific medicine can easily be given to anyone by any state government since health is a state subject. An amendment in the State Medical Council Act like in Maharashtra is all that is needed to permit anyone to practice modern scientific medicine. Question is, why is it so attractive to the successive governments to do something which otherwise appears to be blatantly illegal.

This propaganda has been exposed for what it is in the national health survey which showed only vacancies for MBBS doctors to work in villages in primary health centres all over the country.

Hence there is no dearth of MBBS doctors. What is lacking is the number of posts for MBBS doctors to work in villages. What is also sorely lacking and where there are glaring deficiencies is in the post of specialist doctors to work in rural areas. However, an Ayush with prescription rights of modern scientific medicine may replace an MBBS but how does he replace the specialist. Given the lax implementation of current laws where Schedule H1 drugs are easily available across any chemists and maybe even the Karyana counter.

It has also been claimed that Ayurveda is our heritage and so we should promote it. There is no denying such laudable objectives but what does cross the mind is how does Ayurveda get promoted by asking those qualified in Ayurveda to practice something which goes against Ayurvedic teachings? Research in pure Ayurveda is needed and should be encouraged but this will not happen by asking those who could do further research in Ayurveda to abandon it.

So what then is the reason for this persistent desire by politicians across party lines to bulldoze bills which would permit crosspathy? The reason has to be delved into by looking at the growth and ownership of private medical education which has occurred in India over the last few decades.

There was recently a report that 80 member parliaments own private medical colleges. Once established they graduated to MBBS colleges. Unfortunately, the seats in Ayurvedic colleges are now being left vacant as students prefer to join MBBS courses. The business interest of the owners of private medical colleges is the moving force behind the repeated political effort to legitimize crosspathy.

We do not permit panchayat members or sharia court officers to sit in high courts as judges to reduce pendency of cases. Health is an ignored but important sector and right to health is now a fundamental right. Tomorrow this political meddling for selfish reasons may result in liability being raised against the very lawmakers who today do not wish to listen to sane voices.

The flight abroad for politicians to be treated by the same Indian diaspora whom they pushed out of the country in the first place with their policies should also be cancelled. The medicine that is prescribed for the average citizen should first be tasted by our rulers. Disclaimer- The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author's and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of M3 India.

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No ‘crosspathy’: House panel to oppose bridge course on allopathy for Ayush practitioners

This story is from March 5, An official statement issued by IMA national president Dr Santanu Sen and honorary secretary general Dr RV Asokan states that government of Maharashtra should stop this initiative immediately and appoint only MBBS doctors in health and wellness centres under government health services on permanent basis. State government has decided to appoint BAMS graduates at health and wellness centres in 19 districts of Maharashtra. For this, 1, such doctors are taking six-month course at 36 centres across the state. Their exit test is scheduled from March 6 to 8 and the government plans to give them appointment letters by March According to IMA, wellness centres are, in fact, sub-centres providing preventive health care, vaccination, antenatal care, child health and a multitude of other health services.


IMA, NIMA lock horns on ‘crosspathy’ issue

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State medical council says no to crosspathy

The Delhi Medical Council DMC has suspended a doctor of a private hospital for 90 days for giving a 9-year-old ayurvedic medicine along with allopathic medicine, leaving him to the care of a junior doctor and not involving a paediatrician in the case. He was presented with fever, abdominal pain and vomiting. As per the DMC report after investigation, Vishal was administered an allopathic syrup along with an ayurvedic syrup for better liver function. Soon, his condition deteriorated and the family decided to take him to another hospital.


Delhi Medical Council issues order against cross pathy

Delhi Medical Council issues order against cross pathy. The Delhi Medical Council DMC recently issued an order warning registered doctors against the practice of cross pathy prescribing homoeopathy and ayurvedic drugs along with allopathy medicines. The order has come at the time when, according to DMC office bearers, the practice of cross prescription has become common among physicians. The order issued by the registrar of DMC states that doctors registered with DMC are hereby directed not to practise or prescribe ayurvedic drugs. It says no cross pathy practise is allowed by any medical practitioner unless such person is also registered in that system in which he is practising. According to the order, drugs that are commonly prescribed include LIV52 and Amlycure DS for liver problems; Cystone for kidney stones; Septilin for better immunity; M2 Tone for polycystic ovarian disorder and other ovarian and fertility problems; Neeri for urinary problems and kidney stones; and Amycordial for womens health.

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