Mumbai : The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has issued directions to the 10,000 healthcare facilities and 2.5 lakh doctors it represents that it will initiate action against those physicians and establishments found hiring homoeopaths and ayurveda practitioners to fulfil allopathic functions.
According to a senior IMA functionary, the system of employing those qualified to prescribe traditional cures in hospitals and clinics that specialise in allopathic healthcare has resulted in hundreds of medical negligence cases being filed against IMA members.
The decision to call for a ban was taken by IMA’s central council last week and has been communicated to all its members. The notification stated, “Directions are being given to hospitals and doctors not to appoint Ayush (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) Doctors as Resident Medical Officers (RMO)/Assistant. Strong action will be taken against those violating the directions”. IMA could revoke the membership of a doctor or institution found flouting this directive – outcasts will lose the support of IMA in battling medico-legal and malpractice cases.
“It is a simple and clear message to our doctors. No ayurveda or homeopathy practitioner should be hired as an assistant or as an RMO in any allopathic medical set-up,” Dr KK Aggarwal, senior national vice-president of IMA told Mumbai Mirror. “Such cases have only increased across the country in the past few years which forced us to call for the blanket ban,” said Aggarwal. [Source]