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BIMS, BUMS, BAMS cannot prescribe allopathic medicines: High Court


BIMS, BUMS, BAMS cannot prescribe allopathic medicines: High Court

Can ISM Practitioners prescribe Allopathy Medicines?

Not any more. The Delhi high court seems to have put an end to the age old debate of whether BUMS, BIMS, BAMS and other practitioners of Indian Systems of Medicine can prescribe allopathic medicines, by concluding that such practitioners cannot practice modern scientific system of medicine.

The petition was filed by Delhi Medical Association under Article 226 of the Constitution of India, filed as a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), inter alia seeks directions for ensuring that no practitioner of Indian System of Medicine or of Homoeopathic Medicine practices in Allopathic System of Medicine including by prescribing Allopathic Medicines. The petition also impugns Section 2(h) of the Delhi Bharatiya Chikitsa Parishad Act, 1998 (DBCP Act) and the Notification No.28-5/2004-Ay. (MM) dated 19th May, 2004 of the respondent no.8 Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) on the basis whereof the practitioners of Indian System of Medicine are said to be claiming to have a right to practice in the Allopathic System of Medicine.

Hearing the arguments of the petitioner as well as the respondents, the hon’be court observed:-

“….that the definition of  “Indian Medicine‟ in the Indian Medicine Act or of “integrated medicine‟ in DBCP Act or the Notification dated 19th May, 2004 of the CCIM cannot be read as entitling those registered in the State register of Indian Medicine maintained by DBCP to practise modern scientific system of medicine in any form regulated by the MCI Act and the DMC Act….”

 

“….We also do not find any merit in the challenge to the maintainability of this petition as a PIL or on the ground of the same having been filed for any oblique purpose. Rather, we do find the notification dated 19th May, 2004 of the CCIM as set out hereinabove to be quite misleading and capable of being understood as allowing persons not holding qualification in modern scientific system of medicine to practice the said system of medicine and which is contrary to law and can play havoc with the health and lives of citizens of the city. We remind CCIM that it being a creature of the Indian Medicine Act, does not enjoy any legislative or quasi legislative powers and has to confine itself to the field of Indian System of Medicine only and perform duties and functions as prescribed in the said Act and cannot transgress into the field/territory occupied by the MCI Act……”

The hon’ble court thus allowed the petition

 

(A) By declaring that no practitioner of Indian System of Medicine or holding a qualification as listed in the Schedule to the Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970, even if it be of in integrated medicine as defined in Section 2(h) of the Delhi Bharatiya Chikitsa Parishad Act, 1998, is entitled to practice modern scientific system of medicine as defined in the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 read with Indian Medical Degrees Act, 1916 and as has come to be known as Allopathic system of medicine.

(B)  By directing all the authorities concerned with enforcement of the provisions of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956, Delhi Medical Council Act, 1997, Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970 and the Delhi Bharatiya Chikitsa Parishad Act, 1998 and/or entrusted with the task of preventing persons not holding qualification as mentioned in the Schedules of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 from practicing modern scientific system of medicine, to not allow any person holding qualification in Indian Medicine as described in the Schedule to the Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970, even if holding a degree in integrated course as defined in the Delhi Bharatiya Chikitsa Parishad Act, 1998, from practicing modern scientific system of medicine.

(C)  By declaring that Section 2(h) of the Delhi Bharatiya Chikitsa Parishad Act, 1998 or any other provision thereof or of the Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970 does not permit any person holding qualification in Indian Medicine as prescribed in the Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970 even if a degree in integrated course to practice modern scientific system of medicine in terms of Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 read with Indian Medical Degrees Act, 1916 and Delhi Medical Council Act, 1997.

(D)  By declaring that the Notification dated 10th February, 1961 of the Delhi Government issued in pursuance to Rule 2(ee) of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945 does not entitle any person not holding a qualification listed in the Schedules to the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 and whose name is not entered in the State Medical Register under the Delhi Medical Council Act, 1997 to prescribe Allopathic drugs.

(E)  By declaring that the Notification dated 19th May, 2004 of the Central Council of Indian Medicine does not entitle the practitioners of Indian Medicine within the meaning of the Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970, even if holding degree in integrated medicine within the meaning of the Delhi Bharatiya Chikitsa Parishad Act, 1998 to practice modern scientific system of medicine / Allopathic system of medicine within the meaning of Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 read with Indian Medical Degrees Act, 1916.

You can read the full judgement here



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    Bhabani Chatterjee June 4, 2018, 8:43 am

    This Landmark Judgement is required to be referred by all other petitioners against cross pathy/bridge courses and this can retard dilution of standards of Practice of Western Medicine in India .It will also resist dishonour of Indian Systems of Medicine which by their own merits are respectable disciplines.
    For India please think and consider following:
    After class twelve for anyone willing to study Medical Science
    1.Starting and mandatory degree should be MBBS
    2.During MBBS (4 and a half yrs)coursework introduction to Indian Systems of Medicines should be one paper after 3rd yr of the tenure.
    3.All except few Indian Systems of Medicines (ISM )Institutions should
    be upgraded to MBBS awarding institutions .ISM should be post graduate and research institutions.
    4.Few ISM institutions should be absolutely upgraded to PG and Ph D degree awarding Institutions.
    5.These will maintain sanctity of Medical Education and Practice
    6.There should be one MCI and all other councils should be specialised wings of the same council.
    7.It should not have demerits like NMC

  2. Can a BUMS Doctor practise Allopathy.As this doctor give saline, injection, prescribed allopathy medicine
    If No than what action should be taken against such doctor\’s

  3. user
    Chandra Sekhar July 9, 2017, 2:51 pm

    Can CCim doctorpractice allopathic

  4. How can they be given open license for such a grave homicidal purpose.

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    Dr Pravein Laad MD(Paed) Nagpur (MS) April 30, 2017, 4:15 pm

    Whatever one has learnt should be practiced.One joke on whatsap…Can a motor driver be able to drive a plane when he has no formal training in that ?
    I know every BAMS BHMS is keen to practice ALLOPATHY.
    My suggestion ………….
    Basic degree after 12th should be MBBS.There should be choice after MBBS to opt for PG degree in either AYURVEDA OR HOMEOPATHY.
    All nonfunctional Ayurvedic and homeopathic collages should be changed to Allopathic collages.As few students are interested in Ayurveda or Homeopathy only one big reaserch institute should be there for each state .

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    Dr. Vijaysingh B. Patil October 8, 2017, 1:10 pm

    Barobar aahe sir