IMA condemns surgery sanction for Ayurveda

Calls upon National Medical Commission to protect ‘purity’ of modern medicine

Calls upon National Medical Commission to protect ‘purity’ of modern medicine

The Indian Medical Association has condemned the Central Council of Indian Medicine’s notification giving legal authorisation to post-graduate doctors of Ayurveda in two specific disciplines to perform dental procedures and surgeries in general surgery, orthopaedics, ophthalmology, and ENT, after formal training.

In a statement here, IMA said that it will resist this ‘retrograde step of mixing the systems’ at all costs and demanded that the order be withdrawn . It said that ‘corrupting modern medicine by mixing with other systems and poaching the disciplines of modern medicine through the back door’ was ‘foul play of the first order.’

IMA demanded that the National Medical Commission, which has the responsibility to protect the ‘purity’of modern medicine, assert itself .

IMA’s strong statement follows a notification by the CCIM, which regulates Ayurveda education and practice, amending the Post Graduate Ayurveda Education Regulations, 2016 and allowing PG students of Shalya (general surgery) and Shalakya (ENT, eye, dentistry) to practice 58 surgical procedures after obtaining formal training.

It said that the CCIM should develop its own surgical disciplines from its own ancient texts and that it should not claim the surgical disciplines of modern medicine as its own. Such a deviant practice is unbecoming of a statutory body, IMA’s statement said.

IMA questioned the sanctity of NEET exam if the Centre had no qualms about ‘devising lateral entry shortcuts” into the stream of modern medicine. It said that no member of the IMA or the fraternity of modern medicine will be made available to teach the discipline of modern medicine to students of other systems. Every system of medicine should grow on the strength of its purity, IMA said in the statement.

The government should refrain from posting any modern medicine doctor in the colleges of Indian Medicine, it said.

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