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IMA to Indian medicine council

The IMA also demanded the withdrawal of the order and delineation of the Indian medicine disciplines based on original Indian texts.
“IMA exhorts the council to develop their own surgical disciplines from their own ancient texts and not claim the surgical disciplines of modern medicine as its own. Such a deviant practice is unbecoming of a statutory body. The IMA will have no objections for the council to develop their own dedicated disciplines without mixing modern medicine surgical disciplines,” the IMA told the CCIM, which regulates the medical study and practice of ayurveda in the country.
The CCIM, in a gazetted notification dated November 20, said “The (PG ayurveda) students would receive training in shalya (general surgery) and shalakya (diseases of ear, nose, throat, eye, head, oro-dentistry) specialisations. It will make them legally valid to perform procedures such as skin grafting, cataract surgery and root canal treatment.”
On Saturday, the IMA, through a press release, “unequivocally” condemned the “uncivil ways of the Central Council of Indian Medicine to… empower its practitioners with undeserving areas of practice”. “The said council has come out with a gazette notification of a list of surgical procedures which can be performed by its practitioners. They have no right to the technical terms, techniques and procedures of modern medicine. The IMA draws the Lakshman Rekha which they can cross at their peril,” the IMA said in a press note on Saturday.
It lambasted as the CCIM saying that the council has the dubious reputation of prescribing modern medicine textbooks to its students.
The IMA demanded that the government should refrain from posting any modern medicine doctor in the colleges of Indian Medicine, stating that it saw this move as a retrograde step of mixing the systems, which “will be resisted at all costs”.
“All over India, students and practitioners of modern medicine are agitated over this violation of mutual identity and respect. What is the sanctity of NEET if such lateral shortcuts are devised,” it asked.
“Corrupting modern medicine by mixing it with other systems and poaching the disciplines of modern medicine through the back door is certainly foul play of first order,” it added.
Meanwhile, a legal notice was sent to the IMA by Supreme Court lawyer Archana Pathak Dave on behalf of Vaidya Prashant Tiwari, a practitioner of ayurvedic medicine, on November 18. The notice was sent to the IMA for its “irresponsible, defamatory, false and misleading” statements made with an intention to “disrepute AYUSH medicines and their practitioners”.
The notice called out IMA for “referring to AYUSH medicine as placebo”, for stating they are not “drug”, besides not supporting AYUSH Ministry’s claim of ayurvedic medicine being effective against the COVID-19.
On October 6, the central government had announced the National Clinical Management Protocol for the COVID-19, based on ayurveda and yoga, following which the IMA on October 9 had asked Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan to produce substantiating evidence of it.
Questioning the scientific basis of these protocols, the IMA asked the
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Mixing modern medicine with Ayush would create ‘khichdi’: IMA

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has strongly opposed the policy changes in medical education by the Centre, especially the plan to mix modern medicine with the traditional systems of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (Ayush), in the coming years, as envisaged by the Centre. “The medical fraternity of our country is highly perturbed by the recent policy changes regarding medical education practice, research and administration. The radical changes that are being institutionalised will have serious impact on the health of our people,” IMA stated. The reaction by the apex medical association of private practitioners has come after the formation of four committees by the NITI Aayog, which would work upon a policy to integrate all systems of medicine in the areas of medical education, clinical practice, public health, medical research and administration.

The IMA said that the theoretical basis of policy seems to emanate from the new National Education Policy which envisages mixing of all systems of medicine under the garb of medical pluralism. The IMA also mentioned that the National Medical Commission Act, which came into force from September 25, repealing the nearly 64-year-old Indian Medical Council Act, 1956, has reactivated the already existing avenues of quackery, mixopathy and crosspathy through medical education. The association specified three particular sections of the NMC act which they found problematic.

“Section 32 of NMC Act provides for legalised quackery by empowering non-medical persons in the name of community health providers to practice primary care independently. It is strange that they can be employed in secondary care and Tertiary care settings when two of them are employed together.

“Section 50 of NMC Act provides for mixopathy by mixing of curriculum of all the streams of medicine. Section 51 of NMC Act outsources bridge courses to the states, thereby promoting crosspathy. To add to the conundrum, the Allied Healthcare Bill lying on the table of Rajya Sabha empowers paramedical discipline to practice independently,” the IMA explained.

IMA President Rajan Sharma stated that an integrative system of medicine would create a ‘khichdi’ medical system and would produce hybrid doctors.

“The IMA stands for the purity of the systems of modern medicine as well as Ayush. It is not in the interest of traditional systems either to lose their identity or further development. As many as 96 per cent patients in IPD and 94 per cent patients in OPD are being served by modern medicine.

“Currently, a patient has the choice of choosing either modern medicine or alternative system as per his/her desire. Unfortunately, the ‘khichdi’ medical system that is being envisaged will provide only hybrid doctors, and the choice of the patient will effectively get nullified,” Sharma said.

The IMA also said that it would campaign to sensitise the people on the dangers of shifting to an integrated system of medicine.

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IMA on integrated medicine proposal- The New Indian Express

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NEW DELHI: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Thursday said it is “highly perturbed” by the recent policy proposals for integration of all systems of medicine, calling it a “khichdi medical system” which could put millions of lives at risk.

In a statement, the organisation of doctors said it stands for purity of systems of modern medicine as well as Ayush and that this new system will provide “hybrid doctors” and the choice of the patient is effectively nullified.

“It is not in the interest of traditional systems either to lose their identity and further development. As such 96 per cent patients in IPD and 94 per cent of patients in OPD are being served by modern medicine,” it said.

“Currently, a patient has the choice of choosing either modern medicine or alternative system as per their desire. Unfortunately, the khichdi medical system that is being envisaged will provide only hybrid doctors and the choice of the patient is effectively nullified,” the statement said.

It claimed that NITI Aayog has formed four committees to integrate all systems of medicine.

These committees are in the area of medical education, clinical practice, public health, medical research and administration.

The theoretical basis of policy seems to emanate from the new National Education Policy.

Warning that the radical changes that are being institutionalised will have series impact on the health of people and can put millions of lives at risk, the IMA said it is “highly perturbed” by the move.

“The most important policy shift is from multiple dedicated medical streams to a system of integrative medicine. In simple words, what is being envisaged is to mix systems of medicine together in curriculum, practice and research. This retrograde step of unscientific mixing of systems of medicine will produce hybrid doctors who are nowhere,” the statement said.

“IMA has an IMA-Medical Student Network in 287 medical colleges of the country. The medical students of this country are equally concerned about their career and future. IMA MSN has joined hands with IMA in this campaign against quackery, mixopathy and crosspathy. IMA also demands that the PG NEET examination postponed without any notice should be held on schedule,” it said.

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IMA on integrated medicine proposal

New Delhi, Nov 5 (PTI) The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Thursday said it is ‘highly perturbed’ by the recent policy proposals for integration of all systems of medicine, calling it a ‘khichdi medical system’ which could put millions of lives at risk.

In a statement, the organisation of doctors said it stands for purity of systems of modern medicine as well as Ayush and that this new system will provide ‘hybrid doctors’ and the choice of the patient is effectively nullified.

‘It is not in the interest of traditional systems either to lose their identity and further development. As such 96 per cent patients in IPD and 94 per cent of patients in OPD are being served by modern medicine,’ it said.

‘Currently, a patient has the choice of choosing either modern medicine or alternative system as per their desire. Unfortunately, the khichdi medical system that is being envisaged will provide only hybrid doctors and the choice of the patient is effectively nullified,’ the statement said.

It claimed that NITI Aayog has formed four committees to integrate all systems of medicine. These committees are in the area of medical education, clinical practice, public health, medical research and administration. The theoretical basis of policy seems to emanate from the new National Education Policy.

Warning that the radical changes that are being institutionalised will have series impact on the health of people and can put millions of lives at risk, the IMA said it is ‘highly perturbed’ by the move.

‘The most important policy shift is from multiple dedicated medical streams to a system of integrative medicine. In simple words, what is being envisaged is to mix systems of medicine together in curriculum, practice and research. This retrograde step of unscientific mixing of systems of medicine will produce hybrid doctors who are nowhere,’ the statement said.

‘IMA has an IMA-Medical Student Network in 287 medical colleges of the country. The medical students of this country are equally concerned about their career and future. IMA MSN has joined hands with IMA in this campaign against quackery, mixopathy and crosspathy. IMA also demands that the PG NEET examination postponed without any notice should be held on schedule,’ it said. PTI UZM SMN SMN

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