IMA begins hunger strike over surgery permission to Ayurveda doctors

Shalini Ojha
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IMA begins hunger strike over surgery permission to Ayurveda doctors
IMA begins hunger strike over surgery permission to Ayurveda doctors

02 Feb 2021: IMA begins hunger strike over surgery permission to Ayurveda doctors

Members of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Monday started a relay hunger strike at over 50 spots across the nation over the permission given to Ayurveda doctors to perform general surgical procedures.

The body had been opposing this move of the government since last year and has asked the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) to roll back the notification.

Here's more.

Statement: Withdraw the impractical, unscientific, and unethical notification: Medical Body

In a statement, the body condemned the CCIM notification that allowed post-graduate practitioners in specified streams of Ayurveda to be trained in surgeries like excisions of benign tumors, amputation of gangrene, and nasal, cataract surgeries.

To note, the CCIM falls under the jurisdiction of AYUSH Ministry.

"IMA demands immediate withdrawal of the said impractical, unscientific, and unethical notification," read the statement.

Strike: Relay hunger strike would end on February 14

The body informed that the relay hunger strike will end on February 14 and that women will lead the countrywide agitation on February 7. IMA claims to have the support of the Dental Association in this drive.

Furthermore, to make people aware of the risk this notification poses, IMA will release posters and banners.

Members were directed to apprise MPs/MLAs about the same.

Details: IMA mulling to take agitation global

IMA also plans to take its protest international by telling associations from different countries about this "unscientific notification." The "global voice of modern medicine" would reflect the feelings of IMA, the statement added.

"The IMA will also give its rationale representations to all state governments. Under the Save People Movement, all NGOs will be updated with the core issues," the statement went on.

Looking back: Body forced to take serious steps as government didn't relent

Earlier, Dr. Jayesh Lele, IMA's Honorary Secretary-General, said IMA was forced to intensify the agitation as "the steps towards implementing 'mixopathy' are not being taken back."

While IMA understands that the huge population of India needs different kinds of medicines, the body doesn't want a single doctor to practice all systems together as it will compromise safety and quality, he had said.

Fears: This decision will also render NEET toothless, opined another official

In December, while speaking against the notification, IMA President Dr. Rajan Sharma had drawn attention to the efforts of NEET aspirants.

"Lakhs of students appear and only 80,000 clear NEET. If Ayurveda students are allowed to do surgeries, NEET will lose its importance," he had said.

IMA has previously organized two nationwide protests on December 8 and December 11 over this decision.