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Unani and Ayurveda Docs Can Conduct Surgery: Madras HC

A TOI report covered the news that” the Madras High Court has said that registered practitioners in Siddha, Ayurveda, Homeopathy and Unani are eligible to practise Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Anesthesiology, ENT, Ophthalmology, etc. Justice F M Ibrahim Kalifulla, passing orders on a contempt of court petition filed by the Tamil Nadu Siddha Medical Graduates Association, also said penal action against such practitioners who dabbled in allopathy should be “dropped forthwith.”

The ruling runs contrary to a recent order delivered by another judge on a petition filed by two Unani practitioners who sought similar relief. In February this year, Justice K K Sasidharan had held that practitioners of Indian system of medicines should not practise allopathy, and that there was nothing wrong if police takes action against those who attempt to practice allopathy without valid qualification.

While passing orders on Thursday, Justice Kalifulla took note of a June 29 circular of the government, which, citing section 17(3)B of the Indian Medicine Central Council Act 1970, said institutionally qualified practitioners of Siddha, Ayurveda, Unani and homeopathy are eligible to practise the respective system with modern scientific medicine “including surgery and obstetrics and gynecology, anesthesiology, ENT, etc. based on the training and teaching.”

Some questions come to mind:

  1. What about pre op antibiotics, do they have them?
  2. What about IV fluids?
  3. What about dressing materials and dresing solutions, will they be different?
  4. What about sutures?
  5. Will they be ultimately allowed to put drug eluting stents?
  6. What about drugs like mannitol and all other life saving drugs required in the OT? Which anaesthesia will they use?
  7. Who will teach them surgery, the allopathic surgeons or their own surgeons?

Dr KK Aggarwal
Editor in Chief