Skeptic News: Ayush doctors on indefinite strike

From: The Times of India

Ayush doctors including ayurveda, unani, siddha, homeopathy, naturopathy and yoga have decided to go on indefinite strike in the state from Wednesday to press their long pending demands.

Around 24,000 Ayush doctors are demanding filling up of vacant posts, better pay scales and post-graduate course for Ayush in the state. All the clinics run by Ayush doctors are likely to affected by the strike.

“Ayush doctors have been discriminated and deprived of the opportunities compared to their counterparts. Our demands are just and aimed at improving health services in the state,” said AYUSH doctors federation state president, Dr Ajay Awasti.

There are about 20,000 ayurveda and homeopathy doctors in the state, besides some 2,400 unani practitioners.

This is the latest in an ongoing sage of industrial action undertaken by alternative medicine practitioners in India. It is ultimately an attempt by these practitioners to gain the same prescribing rights and status as medical doctors. They have previously resisted the suggested compromise of the Indian health ministry which would have offered them the right to prescribe medical drugs if they achieved a qualification in medical prescribing.

The compromise managed to offend both medical doctors, who question the wisdom of allowing unqualified individuals to prescribe drugs, and traditional healers who believe they already posses the skills needed to prescribe medical drugs.

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