Ayush doctors practicing surgery in modern hospitals? What does MCI say about it?
A burning question being debated everywhere: Can Ayurveda practitioners perform surgeries? They can according to Ayush, but they may not according to Medical Council of India. While the debate rages, one thing you must remember, this is not a short-term problem. The crisis of doctors and bursting population needs long-term planning, Contraception, training of quality doctors as modern medical practitioners and good policy making.
In this article, I am putting forward the views curated from the authoritative sources plus my own takeaway as a Modern medical practitioner and Indian citizen.
This is what Ayush Ministry said:
Those trained to perform surgeries can do it everywhere, says Ayush ministry. In answer to a Central Information Commission order in June asking the Ayush ministry “to clarify upon the issue of entitlement and extent of practitioner of India system of medicine to perform surgeries lawfully”, the ministry said surgeries were a part of Ayurveda curriculum.
“They can perform whatever is in their syllabus, but there are obviously certain exceptions. They cannot perform all procedures, including certain major surgeries. For more clarity, we are drawing up a list of do’s and don’ts so we can convince the MCI,” said Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, secretary Ayush.
This is what the Medical Council of India said
Medical education regulator Medical Council of India (MCI) clearly says Ayush practitioners cannot do surgery in hospitals for modern medicine. (Reference)
Ayush ministry sought MCI approval, which was refused.
“We have refused as under MCI rules, crosspathy (mixing different methods of medicine) isn’t allowed. MCI’s stand is quite clear on this; Ayurveda surgeons cannot be mainstreamed. Surgery and associated procedures are part of modern medical science; whatever these practitioners are taught as part of their curriculum, cannot be allowed to be practices in allopathic hospitals,” said Dr Reena Nayyar, secretary, MCI.
In March, the Parliamentary Standing Committee reviewing the National Medical Commission Bill, 2017, also recommended against Ayush doctors practicing allopathy after completing a short-term course.
Supreme Court and CPA Judgments that Ayush Doctors cannot prescribe allopathic drugs
Dr. Mukhtiar Chand & Ors. Vs.State Of Punjab & Ors., decided by the Supreme Court on 08/10/1998, reported as AIR 1999, SC 468, (1998 (7) SCC 579) K.T. Thomas, Syed Shah Mohammed Quadri,” A harmonious reading of Section 15 of 1956 Act and Section 17 of 1970 Act leads to the conclusion that there is no scope for a person enrolled on the State Register of Indian medicine or Central Register of Indian Medicine to practise modern scientific medicine in any of its branches unless that person is also enrolled on a State Medical Register within the meaning of 1956 Act.”
No one has ever refused Ayush Doctors permission to practice Ayush. Let them heal with their own science.I am sure it will benefit all those who seek it.
Let the Ayush practitioners do surgery in Ayush hospitals with full responsibility. Any person who willingly gives informed consent for such procedures is doing so voluntarily.No such procedures should be done under cover of modern medical services. Also, anesthesia, postop, further evaluation should be done under Ayush practitioner only. Provisions of medical insurance and all responsibility should lie with Ayush Hospital and the Ayush doctor. That will be in the best interest of all concerned.
This helps in transparency and better decision making for doctors, patients and all concerned.
Developing Ayush is a good thing . They have their strengths let them enhance that. If they are qualified to practice modern medicine, they should pass all the exams of modern medicine too.No shortcuts work when it’s your health