Guwahati: The Indian Medical Association’s (IMA) Assam chapter called for a protest demonstration on December 8, against the move of allowing Ayurvedic doctors to conduct surgeries.
Doctors in the state have hit out at Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) against the move, whereas doctors practising modern medicines will withdraw from non-Covid and non essential duties from 6am to 6 pm following a call by the doctors’ association at the all-India level on December 11, in protest against the “mixing up of medical systems”.
A recent circular of CCIM, paving the way for allowing Ayurvedic postgraduates doctors to practise various surgeries, which are otherwise carried out by surgeons under the modern medical system, has raised concerns among doctors opposing the move.
The IMA has demanded immediate withdrawal of the notification of the amendment regulations of Postgraduate Ayurvedia Education in which postgraduate course – MS Shalya Tanta (general surgery) – has been incorporated and the Ayurvedic doctors are allowed to get trained and independently practise a long list of surgical procedures.
IMA claims that NITI Aayog has formed four committees in the area of medical education, clinical practice, public health, medical research and administration to integrate all systems of medicine which they are opposed to. They said the theoretical basis of the policy seems to emanate from the new Education Policy, 2020.