The healthcare sector in the state is opposing the government’s decision to offer training in allopathy to the students of Ayurveda and Homeopathy, AYUSH. The doctors under IMA banner and Kerala government Medical Officers’ Association will call a meeting next week to give a final shape to this protest programme. Doctors of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) stated that this would result in “back-door entry of second-grade doctors”.
As per the Health Department sources, training for three to six months in gynaecology, surgery and post-mortem examination at district and general government hospitals will be provided. This move comes with the requests from the Ayurveda and Homeopathy students who wish to “observe” modern medical practices. However, the type of training certificate to be given is not clarified yet. N. Sulphi, secretary, IMA Kerala Chapter told The Hindu, that if allopathy doctors were found to train students of other branches of medicine, the Medical Council of India (MCI) could cancel their license. The law allows them to train students of modern medicine and certified doctors only.
He said that, “Students of Ayurveda and Homeopathy should get specialised training in their own branches of medicine, not in other streams. Without a degree in modern medicine, what is the point in training them? It will pose a threat to the public health system as we already have many cases of untrained people practicing modern medicine”.
The IMA functionary said that similar attempts had been made earlier too in the state. DR Sulphi said, “In 1988 and in 2015, the then governments had tried to offer training to Ayurveda and Homeopathy students. Three years ago, the Kerala High Court and the MCI too had intervened to stall the attempt”. The Union government too had tried to impart a year-long bridge course in modern medicine to the ones practising Ayush system of medicine.
“Though we have given final shape to the protest programmes, we will take a call on the same only after talks with the Health Minister. We suspect the officers might have misled the minister in the matter,” said Sulphi. The minister will be back to the state next week following a 10-day US visit.