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Allopathy Observership for AYUSH in Surgery, Forensic and Gynae Depts; Kerala Doctors cry foul

Allopathy Observership for AYUSH in Surgery, Forensic and Gynae Depts; Kerala Doctors cry foul

Kozhikode: All up and arms opposing the state government’s move of permitting Ayurveda and Homeopathy students to train in allopathy under an ‘observership’ program, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) recently stated that the training will lead to “back-door entry of second-grade doctors.”

The move is subsequent to the requests from students of Ayurveda and Homoeopathy that they wish to “observe” modern medical practices. This training gives alternative medicine students to observe the basic aspects of modern medicine as a part of their curriculum.

As per a recent state government notification in this regard, BAMS (ayurveda) and BHMS (homoeopathy) medical students should be given an opportunity for ‘observation’ in postmortem, gynaecology and general surgery departments of government hospitals.  As soon as the notification was released by the state government, it created a spark, with the IMA opposing the move, while the Ayurveda Medical Association of India  coming out in its support

The health department, however, justified the observership. “It is not even training as it is being propagated. The order insists on providing an opportunity to closely observe the procedures,’’ additional chief secretary (health), Rajeev Sadanandan told TOI.

The conflict regarding this observership in not a new one. In 2012 the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) issued a notification, which said, six-month training has to be undergone by the students of alternative medicine. In respect to Prasuti and Stri roga subjects related to gynaecology, the intern is supposed to be trained to deal with antenatal and post-natal problems and their remedies, management of normal and abnormal labour, minor, major obstetric surgical procedures and antenatal and post-natal care, the notification stated.

Opposing the same, allopathy doctors under the umbrella of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), State branch, knocked high court’s doors. During the hearing, the question, whether Ayurveda students can be allowed training in modern medicine like surgery and labour, was raised.

IMA argued that such training and observations hardly benefitted people while being in clear violation of the spirit of the MCI Guidelines. Whereas, Ayurvedic practitioners argued that such training and observations were a part of their curriculum and was being imparted to students for the last 20 years.

On the ‘observership part’, IMA stated, “Our system is different from theirs. Then what is it they want to observe? Surgery, labour and autopsy are not exhibitions. Moreover, what use it will be for an Ayurveda doctor who does not practise modern medicine?’’

In its conclusion, the court granted permission to BAMS, BHMS and BSMS house-surgery students to do an internship in government hospitals. The order, in particular, dealt with the gynecology internship/observership to be done by these students as a part of their curriculum.

“Such training cannot be denied to Ayurveda doctors,” the court held.

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Dissatisfied with the court’s order, IMA filed a dismissal of appeal case in which it contended allowing alternative medicine students into labour rooms meant transmission of disease and contagious infection.

Further, the association notified the court that if allopathy doctors were found to train students of other branches of medicine, the Medical Council of India (MCI) could cancel their license. As per law, they could train only students of modern medicine.

Refusing all the contentions made by IMA, the court  once again ruled in favour of the course stating, “The apex body was of the prima facie opinion that elementary knowledge of gynaecology was essential for those pursuing BAMS, BHMS and BSMS degrees.”

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Now, with observership being extended by the state to other departments including surgery and forensic medicine, the issue has been raised again. Stating that the training will lead to “back-door entry of second-grade doctors,” N Sulphi, Secretary, IMA Kerala Chapter told Hindu, “It will pose a threat to the public health system as we already have many cases of untrained people practising modern medicine.”

According to IMA state president Dr E K Ummer, such training would result in producing quacks. While talking to TOI, he added, “IMA will be forced to launch an agitation against this order and no doctors in government hospitals will be ready to impart training for medicos from other systems of medicine.”

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Source: with inputs
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  1. I don\’t understand why the AYUSH colleges have their own surgical and obstetric department and real their students. If such big colleges can\’t run a department then how can one expect their students to do the same in their respective clinics or hospitals.
    If the college is ill equipped or unable to conduct surgery or delivery or if it\’s prohibited by law to do the above in the training college then it\’s just common sense that their students should not do the same.
    I wonder what is the yardstick that the government will use when the AYUSH professionals conduct delivery or do surgival intervention. Will it be according to NABH standards?
    With no clarity in this from the government I feel it\’s some half baked attempt to just gain political mileage.
    I welcome the inclusion of ISM in patient care and I am a proponent of the same even at home being an orthopedician but I am totally against crosspathy.

  2. So ayush agrees that they lacked basic knowledge for these many years.. And still they were practicing..and govt allowed it… Incredible India..

  3. Bams and bhms are regular 5year course .But IMA why not talk about online course doctors
    Splly elctro homopathy that give MD degree in three month

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    Dr Ashok Vardhan MS AYU July 17, 2018, 9:05 am

    Basic training in allopathy is highly essential to any graduate of medical or paramedical irrespective of their system… many illiterate people have become doctors and doing practice in India…. when compared to them Ayush people are far better because they are all properly trained…. Only thing is to see that people get better health care under strict laws and there should be limitations for Ayush doctors in doing allopathy nothing goes wrong in this…than putting a patient life in so called RMPS or Pmps who uses latest IV antibiotics rampantly…which is more harm to us…. surprisingly no IMA speaks about this….Pharma companies have minting like any thing…who bothers for public .. Neither IMA nor The Govt….frns soon we will enter into a pre antibiotic era…..then the sufferers will be our younger generations only…..All qualified Medical people should have enough knowledge in every aspect of medicine…and there must have referrals and mutual respect in us …this only helps in survival of a better society
    Thank you

  5. Very true Dr ashok sir…
    These major pharmaceuticals company will make pressure by bribing all officials and they say or claim that will cure the patients and take care of people by their medicines…. no problem when there is emergency… but for chronic cases people just dnt need allopathy…

  6. They should clear NEET,and get into MBBS for that. Otherwise send bus drivers for observerships in pilot training institutions.

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    Dr.Jayakrishnan July 17, 2018, 9:04 am

    We wont allow this move as we those who finished modern.medicine struggled and strived to study and clear our courses with the best of our efforts….these cheap people who studied those according to their ideas and interests or anything whatsoever now wants a backdoor entry because no patients opt for their treatments as they expected even after blabbering and accusing the sideffects and craps about allopathy just because allopathy is specific and these are like beating around the bush…….treatments… All know….
    Backdoor entry is impossible because it affects the credibility of allopathy doctors among.the public……
    If these BAMS and BHMS wants to observe ask them to go study MBBS and get to the level of internship…..
    Or else the government is going to face the music….

  8. Bullshit talk, we know not all you do authentic practise, n many times misdiagnosed too… N not all IMA have excelled in NEET… Some are paid seated doctors n BAMS or BHMS government passed students many times go to the stream bcoz they can\’t buy the seat. Our diagnosis n knowledge u can\’t judge, why are u so threatened from us coz u know we can do better than u without cheating patients

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    Vaidya Shruthi July 17, 2018, 5:50 pm

    Who d hell r u to use word cheap people ….1st learn d ethics ,how to give n take respect….then talk abt profession.