Indian Medical Association (IMA) Punjab has slammed government over the recent healthcare 'reforms', which according to IMA are going to ruin and play havoc with image and reputation of medical profession as well as health of public.
IMA state chapter president Dr Sudhir Raj said, “There are many quacks, who have no professional degree or training and employ allopathic, homoeopathic or ayurvedic methods to treat residents and are putting lives of many at risk.”
He said, “Instead of putting them behind bars, government seems to have conceptualised a design of giving back door entry to these quacks by giving them training for community health work in villages. After this training, this quackery shall get legalised.”
“We had opposed BSc community health that it will produce substandard half-baked doctors, and these matriculate quacks will be raw; not even half baked. How can there be two different standards for healthcare, one 'state-of-art' for urban population and second a substandard care for rural masses, jeopardising the people's health and life? Raj questioned.
IMA state joint secretary Dr Amandeep Aggarwal said these measures were steps in wrong direction and would lead to degradation of medical science and were an insult to medical profession.