Ayurveda Doctors can perform surgeries – IMA

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The IMA on Tuesday demanded the withdrawal of a Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) notification authorising post-graduate Ayurveda practitioners to be trained to perform general surgical procedures, saying the move was for a confusing mix, of medical education and practice.

The November 20 notification by the CCIM, a statutory body under the AYUSH Ministry to regulate the Indian systems of medicine, listed 39 general surgery procedures and around 19 procedures involving the eye, ear, nose and throat by amending the Indian Medicine Central Council (Post Graduate Ayurveda Education) Regulations, 2016. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on November 22 had condemned the move, describing it as a “retrograde step of mixing the systems”.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the IMA said the long list of modern medicine surgeries that have been enlisted under Shalya Tantra and Shalakya Tantra squarely fall under the ambit, authority and jurisdiction of the modern medical practice. While the AYUSH Ministry issued a clarification claiming that the technical terms and modern developments are a common heritage of mankind, the IMA rejected their clarification as being “deceptive camouflage of mixing the systems of medicine”.

The IMA further stated that there are a plethora of issues arising out of such diligent decisions which will directly impact patient care and safety and it also questioned the use of terminologies by Ayurveda practitioners.