The Medical Council of India has received a letter from the Medical Education & Drugs Department, Government of Maharashtra seeking opinion of the Medical Council of India (MCI) on practice of allopathy by homeopathy practitioners in the State of Maharashtra.
Medical Council of India has clarified to Government of Maharashtra that no person other than a doctor having qualification recognized by MCI and registered with MCI or State Medical Councils is allowed to practice Modern System of Medicine or Surgery.
A person obtaining qualification in any other system of medicine is not allowed to practice Modern system of Medicine in any form.
This Ministry has requested the States that, in view of the judgment given on 8.10.1998 by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in the case of Dr. Mukhtiya Chand vs State of Punjab, the law prevailing in respective States relating to registration of practitioners of modern scientific medicine may be amended to provide an enabling provision to allow the enrolment of a Indian System of Medicine(ISM) professionals in the State Medical Register for registration of the practitioners of modern medicine, as maintained by the respective State Medical Councils.
Simultaneously, Department of AYUSH has asked the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) to develop draft curriculum of different level of bridge courses for Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani graduate and post graduate doctors to provide them competency to practice preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative allopathic medicine in respect to the commonly encountered health problems.
This information was given by Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.