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IMA says permitting Ayurveda Doctors to conduct surgeries is a compromise with Public Health

Indian Medical Association (IMA) staged a strong protest on Friday in various parts of the country against the Centre’s move allowing postgraduate practitioners of Ayurveda to be trained in performing surgical procedures. IMA said that such permissions will compromise public health.

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Demanding withdrawal of the Modi government’s new move, the IMA called for the withdrawal of all non-essential non-Covid services between 6 AM and 6 PM on Friday. 

The IMA or Indian Medical Association is the apex body of allopathy doctors in the country. Doctors have been staging demonstrations all over India against the Centre’s new notification alleging risks of Mixopathy.

On November 19, a government notification listed out specific surgical procedures that a postgraduate medical student of Ayurveda must be “practically trained to acquaint with, as well as to independently perform”. The notification has invited sharp criticism from the Indian Medical Association, which questioned the competence of Ayurveda practitioners to carry out these procedures, and called the notification an attempt at “mixopathy”.

Doctors at AIIMS and various Delhi government-run facilities, including LNJP Hospital, Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital, DDU Hospital, GTB Hospital, BSA Hospital, Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital, and civic-run Hindu Rao Hospital, performed duties while wearing black armbands and ribbons.

As per the news reported by The Indian Express, IMA national president Dr R Sharma said: “Modern medicine is controlled and research-oriented, we are proud of the heritage and richness of Ayurveda but the two shouldn’t be mixed.”

On Friday, doctors in private and government sectors across the country had strongly demonstrated against the notification in Ayurveda surgery by the Central Council of Indian Medicine.

IMA has indicated that the agitation may intensify in the coming weeks. 

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