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Madras High Court blocks legal escape for quacks

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Chennai  :  Unqualified Medical Practitioner are now going to face a tough time, with the recent order of the Madras High court that hands over power to the government and the police to prosecute quacks under the relevant act

This comes after the Madras High Court vacated an interim order granted in 2006 restraining state and central authorities from enforcing penal provisions of the Indian Medical Council Act and the Drugs and Cosmetics Act against unqualified medical practitioners.

It is reported that before 2006, police department had the authority to prosecute those medical practitioner who did not have the requisite qualifications to practice. However, in 2006, an organisation called Private Medical Practitioners Association of India filed a plea in the high court seeking exception on the ground that they had practical experience in modern scientific medicine. While the association managed to receive a interim injunction, the matter only came up for hearing 10 years later.

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Dismissing a plea filed by Private Medical Practitioners Association of India, the court, in a recent order, said “Persons claiming to have practical experience in modern scientific system of medicine ganged up to form an association and have filed this petition.”

“When the petition came up for admission on April 6, 2006, a single judge of this court granted interim injunction as prayed for and thereafter, the case never saw the light of the day, until it was resurrected from the labyrinth of the record room, thanks to the orders of the Chief Justice and posted for disposal before this court as a specially ordered matter this year,” the court said.

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In its plea, the association had sought a direction to restrain police from taking any criminal action against them and harassing them from practising.

The association submitted that its members had rich experience in curing diseases and some of them also did have the requisite qualification in alternative system of medicine and therefore, the police could not prosecute them.

The court had granted interim injunction and restrained authorities from enforcing the penal provisions of the Indian Medical Council Act and Drugs and Cosmetics Act in the case of unqualified medical practitioners.

Vacating the interim order, the court said: “during this period of ten years, members of this association and certain others successfully thwarted all attempts by police to check their illegal practice of modern medicine by taking umbrage under the order of interim injunction.”

The court said in Tamil Nadu, medical degrees for Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Sidha and Homeopathy are given by the Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University. “After obtaining the degree, the intending practitioner should enroll himself in the state register maintained for each of the systems of medicine before commencing his practice.”

“There will be no problem till these practitioners continue their practice in the respective medicine systems in which they are qualified…only when totally unqualified persons claim themselves as doctors and prescribe medicine in the systems of medicine in which they were not qualified, be it allopathic or otherwise, on the assumed claim of experience, the problem crops up,” the court said.


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Source: with inputs from PTI

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  1. The court blocked all this days from the law to take its course.let\’s see what new gimmick the quacks play and how far the court will protect qualified practitioners

  2. There are so many orders from various High Courts of India prohibiting non qualified persons to practice medicine or run illegal pathology Labs. However non of the institutions nor the Govt is showing any interest to curb these kind of illegal practices.Recently on 24th and 26th Oct Mumbai Mirror news paper carried news regarding one illegal Pathology Lab in sion, Mumbai. The Municipal Commissioner has full charge to give orders for closure of these kind of illegal medical joints. However after these news no action has been initiated against illegal pathology Labs. This is not understood why no action is being taken. The pathologist running these Labs are only diploma holders in DMLT and they are not authorized to sign the patients reports. Appointment of an M.D Pathologist is very mandatory but these rules are not followed and quacks are carrying on their illegal work. This has to be taken note of by concerned authorities and stopped with immediate effect

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    dr rashmikant gandhi November 16, 2016, 10:44 pm

    no person should be allowed to practise in a pathy ,he is not trained.or he should be considered as quack.dr rashmikant gandhi. m.s. (ortho).

  4. I M A pl take note of this judgement and follow it all the states

  5. We honour the verdict.
    It should be implemented and followed all over the country