The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has expressed displeasure over allowing Masters Ayurvedic doctors to perform surgeries on behalf of the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM).
The IMA has condemned the central government and termed it as an adverse step to integrate the system. It is also said that this will end the importance of examinations like NEET and will open the thief door for admission in medical institutions.
CCIM, an autonomous body of the Ministry of AYUSH, has issued a notification on 20 November, through an amendment to the Central Council of Medical Indian Medicine (Masters Ayurveda Education) Rules, 2016, to train Masters Ayurveda doctors for 58 types of surgeries. The IMA has objected to this and demanded the withdrawal of the order.
At the same time, he told CCIM that he should develop his own surgical subjects from ancient texts, instead of claiming himself as a claim on the surgical subject of modern medicine. The IMA also demanded the government to refrain from deploying any doctor of modern medicine in Ayurvedic medical colleges.
The association, IMA said, sees it as a counterproductive move to a mix of systems that will be opposed at all costs.
Ministry of Ayush said permission is right
However, Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, said that no policy change or new decision has been made with the notification of CCIM. He said this notification is really just an explanation. It prescribes the pre-existing regulations for special procedures related to postgraduate education in Ayurveda.
He said, this notification will not open the field of surgery for all Ayurveda doctors but only Ayurvedic Masters who specialize in surgery and surgery will be allowed to perform surgery. Vaidya Jayant Devapujari, Chairman of the Administrative Board of CCIM, also clarified that these surgeries have been done in Ayurveda for more than 20 years and this notification has been brought to legalize them.