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IMA asks CCIM to develop its own surgical disciplines from ancient texts

Yash Ved, Mumbai
Wednesday, November 25, 2020, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has urged the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) to develop their own surgical disciplines from their own ancient texts and not claim surgical disciplines of modern medicine. Such a deviant practice is unbecoming of a statutory body.

The association stated that the Council has the dubious reputation of prescribing modern medicine textbooks to its students.

The association stated that the Council has come out with a gazette notification of a list of surgical procedures which can be performed by its practitioners and the IMA has no objections to the list of vernacular terms that they have coined. “They have no right to the technical terms, techniques and procedures of modern medicine,” added IMA.

“IMA will have no objections for the council to develop their own dedicated disciplines without mixing modern medicine surgical disciplines. IMA unequivocally condemns uncivil ways of the Central Council of Indian Medicine to arrogate itself to vivisect modern medicine and empower its practitioners with undeserving areas of practice,” stated Dr Rajan Sharma, national president, IMA.

IMA demanded that the government should refrain from posting any modern medicine doctor in the colleges of Indian medicine.

“IMA sees this development as a retrograde step of mixing the systems which will be resisted at all costs. All over India, students and practitioners of modern medicine are agitated over this violation of mutual identity and respect. What is the sanctity of NEET if such lateral shortcuts are devised? IMA demands to withdraw the order and first delineate the Indian Medicine disciplines based on original Indian Medicine texts,” added Dr RV Asokan, secretary general, IMA.

Sharma added, “Today modern medicine is capable of sophisticated surgical procedures and has the wherewithal to train generations of doctors through institutions of excellence and an ever evolving scientific base. Corrupting modern medicine by mixing with other systems and poaching the disciplines of modern medicine through back door means is certainly foul play of first order.”


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