The Maharashtra Medical Council is up in arms against the state’s decision to prescribe allopathic drugs. The MMC sent a resolution to doctors’ associations and the medical education department stating that ‘prescription and usage of modern medicine’ is restricted only to registered practitioners.
This follows the state government’s proposal to start a one-year bridge course for ayurveda, homeopathy and unani practitioners so that they legally prescribe allopathic medicines in Maharashtra.
According to the MMC, only allopathic doctors whose names appear on the state registry can practise modern medicine. The council cited several high court and Supreme Court judgments to buttress its argument. The official confirmed that said resolution had been sent to its members. “There was an impression among doctors that the state’s proposal had our approval so we sent the resolution to dispel the notion,” said the MMC official, told a leading daily.
A copy of the resolution was also sent to state agencies and the Food and Drug Administration. “There is large-scale confusion about the sanctity of medical courses now and the resolution was to address the chaos,” said the MMC official. The state health education minister’s proposal to start a one-year course in pharmacology for non-MBBS practitioners didn’t go down well with the allopathics around the country. Several allopathic docs said it was akin to ‘legitimising quacks’. The IMA too plans to take Maha government to court over the issue.
State secretary of Indian Medical Association (IMA) Dr Jayesh Lele said they were approaching medical councils across the country and seeking their opinion. The IMA is also writing to all legislators and parliamentarians apprising them of the consequences of sanctioning such a proposal. However, the state government is determined to launch the course in Maharashtra’s 41 medical colleges from next month.