Hybrid doctors? Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Arunachal doctors join protests
Guwahati: Doctors attached with Indian Medical Council (IMA) from the Northeastern states of Meghalaya and Manipur will join calls for nationwide strike on December 11 against ‘mixopathy’ being promoted by the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM). IMA chapters in Tripura and Arunachal, however, said they won't be able to strike work considering the present need for medical care in their states and the existing shortage of doctors.
Demanding that the CCIM withdraw its notification, doctors associated with IMA (Meghalaya) wore black badges as a mark of protest on Tuesday. IMA's Manipur unit also staged a sit-in-protest at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) complex in Imphal.
"Integrating the systems would create hybrid doctors and the patients who will ultimately seek medical advice and assistance will face many hardships," Dr Bernard Lyngdoh, spokesperson for IMA (Meghalaya), told EastMojo.
Dr Lyngdoh said the protests will intensify if the CCIM did not withdraw the disputed notification. "Barring essential services to COVID positive and emergency patients, we will shut off work between 6am to 6pm on December 11," he said.
IMA (Manipur) will also join the protests and the associated doctors will cease work for 12 hours on December 11.
Considering the current need for medical care in the state, however, IMA (Tripura) said the doctors' association would not cease work in protest, but instead, organize awareness drives to sensitise people about the potential risks involved in the Centre's decision to allow Ayurveda practitioners to perform surgeries.
"The mixopathy would not only harm the system and endanger the life of patients, it will also put the profession at risk. We will not compromise with the quality and safety of our patients," Dr Shankar Roy, president IMA (Tripura) told EastMojo.
Dr. Jego Ori Secretary General, IMA (Arunachal Pradesh) said: "We have limited doctors in Arunachal Pradesh, and if we strike work, it will affect our patients. However, we will wear black badges in solidarity with the fraternity."
Noting that the 'mixopathy' can be very dangerours for patients, Dr Ori said that their unit has also demanded the state government to oppose the CCIM notification.
The CCIM in its notification dated November 22 allowed post graduate degree holders of Ayurveda to perform a variety of procedures, including general surgery, orthopaedic, ophthalmology, ENT and dental procedures and surgeries.
The doctors have not only raised serious objections to it but also to the use of mixopathy because they believe that each and every variant of medicine is different and has its own identity and the amalgamation of various streams of medical science is a threat to human life and the health care system.
"Ayurveda is a different stream. Integrating the streams is like encroaching upon a very specialized stream of modern medicine. The risk to patients is the highest when Ayush doctors would get into something that is so specialized as the patients would be misled," Dr Lyngdoh said.