Terming the Centre’s recommendation to permit AYUSH doctors in the State to practise modern medicine in rural health centres “backward” and “dangerous”, the Joint Action Committee of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and the Tamil Nadu Government Doctors Association (TNGDA) strongly opposed the move.
Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, K. Senthil, State president, TNGDA, said the Centre’s move to provide a one-year bridge course in allopathy medicine to Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) doctors and subsequent permission allowing them to practise modern medicine would jeopardise the health and lives of the poor in villages.
“With the availability of adequate doctors at Primary Health Centres across the State… there is no need for AYUSH doctors,” he said. Members of both the associations proposed to take up this issue with the State Health Secretary.
On the Private Clinic Establishment (Regulation) Act, the members said though it was a welcome move to bring all private clinics under the purview of the Act, the norms needed to be flexible.
Opposing certain provisions in the Bill to be tabled in upcoming Assembly session, the JAC appealed to the Tamil Nadu government to make amendments to the Bill.
Under the Act, all private, government hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres, including Ayurveda, allopathic and homeopathic ones, would be required to register themselves.
The members suggested modifications to the proposed law which included relaxation of paramedical requirement norms, especially in rural areas, building norms for existing hospitals, minimum essential equipment to be specified as mandatory requirement, maintenance of minimum record work for a minimum period and compulsory display of coloured discs denoting registrations of institutions.
An effective clause to stop quackery must also be incorporated in the proposed law, they said. “Centres run by quacks, practising any form of medicine, should be shut down. Further, the Act must be armed with provisions for prosecution under the criminal law and conviction including penalty and imprisonment up to one year,” they added.