The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has opposed the strike planned by around one lakh homoeopathy, ayurveda and unani doctors in the state on Tuesday demanding rights to prescribe allopathy medicines.
The IMA said it had written to Indias chief and state Health ministers and ask them to take action against such ‘quacks’ who prescribe allopathic medicines without holding the requisite degrees.IMA state secretary Dr Jayesh Lele said:
“Homoeopathy and ayurveda doctors prescribe allopathy medicines to unsuspecting patients though they do not study pharmacology in their curriculum. Many of them use the medicines in sub-clinical dosages and prescribe unnecessarily high dosages of antibiotics,”
In 1996, the Bombay High Court had ruled that doctors registered with the Maharashtra Council of Homoeopathy can practise only homoeopathy and not enter any other stream of medicine. The judgment came after a Mumbai resident died following administration of allopathic drugs by a homoepathic doctor.