Ayurveda doctors can now practice general surgery alongside ortho, ENT and dentistry

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Ayurvedic doctors can now perform surgeries with the central government allowing post graduate (PG) students to practise general surgery alongside orthopaedic, ophthalmology, ENT and dental.

The Centre amended the Indian Medicine Central Council Regulations, 2016, to introduce formal training in the above-mentioned procedures as part of the curriculum for postgraduate students of shalya (general surgery) and shalakya (diseases of ear, nose, throat, ENT, eye, head, oro-dentistry) specialisations.

“The PG scholar of Shalya and Shalakya shall be practically trained to acquaint with as well as independently perform the following activities so that after completion of his/her PG degree, he/she is able to perform the procedures independently,” read the gazette notification issued on November 19.

The notification also said students will be trained in two streams of surgery and will be awarded titles of MS (Ayurved) Shalya Tantra — (General Surgery and MS (Ayurved) Shalakya Tantra (disease of eye, ear, nose, throat, head and oro-dentistry).

The training modules for surgical procedures will be added to the curriculum of Ayurvedic studies.

The decision of the government will allow Ayurveda practitioners to legally perform procedures such as skin grafting, cataract surgery, and root canal treatment.

IMA’s opposition

This has come even as the Indian Medical Association has been openly opposing such policy moves by the Centre, especially the plan to mix modern medicine with the traditional systems of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homoeopathy (AYUSH), in coming years.

IMA President Dr Rajan Sharma had earlier said an integrative system of medicine would create a “khichdi medical system” and would produce hybrid doctors. The apex body of private practitioners of modern medicine had also condemned the Centre’s ‘one nation one system’ policy in medical education and called it a cocktail of disaster.

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