Maharashtra: No stay on allopathy training for Ayush doctors

The Bombay high court has rejected a plea filed by the Indian Medical Association (IMA), which sought an interim stay on the state government’s decision to introduce a one-year course on modern pharmacology for homoeopathic and Ayurveda doctors.

The course would allow these homoeopathy and Ayurveda doctors to practise allopathic medicine. The IMA’s plea was supported by the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) and the Medical Council of India (MCI), claiming if homoeopaths and ayurveds are allowed to practise homoeopathy, it can be harmful for public health.

The attorney general rejected the plea on grounds that in the state’s rural areas and in majority of the primary health centres (PHC), homoeopaths and ayurvedic doctors hold most of the key positions, and granting the stay would lead to the collapse of the public health system across the state.

“The attorney general infor med the court that in Maharashtra, there should be a ratio of one doctor for every 400 citizens. However, in reality there is one doctor for 1,700 people and the situation is really bad in rural areas,” said Dr Bahubali Shah, president, Maharashtra Council for homoeopathy. “He [the attorney general] further said homeopathic and ayurvedic doctors will not be allowed to practise allopathy beyond the scope of their training,” said Shah.

The IMA’s Maharashtra branch, with support from the MMC and the MCI, had challenged a 1992 state government resolution (GR) — which allowed homoeopathic and ayurvedic doctors to practise allopathy as per their “training in the particular field” — and the recent decision of introducing short-term pharmcology courses, on the grounds that this practise would be misused by many doctors.

“We have not yet received the written order passed by court. Once we do, we may explore the option of moving the Supreme Court,” said an IMA office bearer.[Source]


  1. Welcome judgement by the court.I fail to understand why the Homoeopathic Doctors are so apprehensive of this provision.I would like to ask them to read the first aphorism of Organon of Medicine.It says THE PHYSICIAN’S HIGH AND ONLY MISSION IS TO RESTORE THE SICK TO HEALTH,TO CURE AS IT MEANS.Our first duty is to save a life Master Hahnemann says first restore the sick person to health ,then after a comma he says you think about cure .We Homoeopaths look for the best hospitals for our wife’s , sister or daughter in laws delivery.Then why we should deprive a poor woman staying in remote village from life saving procedures.This is a double standard which we should shun.Today the Government is seeking our help in granting total health care to our countrymen.We should not leave the bus .

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