The National Integrated Medical Association (NIMA) on Monday condemned the recent move by the Punjab Medical Council (PMC) to book two ayurvedic doctors in Patiala for practising allopathy.
NIMA Patiala and NIMA Ludhiana units held meetings in their respective districts where they called this action unnecessary and beyond the PMC’s ambit.
On Saturday, the PMC had written to the police to file a case against the Dr Sudip Singh and Dr Manpreet Kaur of Patiala for practicing allopathic medicine when they held bachelor of ayurveda, medicine and surgery (BAMS) degree.
During the meeting, NIMA Patiala president Dr Manu Sharma said, “The PMC has no jurisdiction over allopathic practice.”
NIMA Ludhiana general secretary Dr Surinder Gupta said, “The SC guideline has given us the right to prescribe allopathic medicines also.”
PMC president Dr GS Grewal said, “We also have the SC guideline which restricts unqualified doctors from practicing allopathy. In their certificates, BAMS doctors are referred to as ‘vaid’ instead of doctor.”