The IMA is opposing the notification and has arranged for a nationwide relay hunger strike
Association of Healthcare Providers (India) is supporting IMA’s stand on mixopathy. The central council of Indian Medicine has recently notified 39 general surgical and 19 ENT, Eye, Head and Dental care-related procedures which the postgraduate scholars of Shalya and Shalakya can be trained into practice. According to the doctors of modern medicine , the decision by the government will result in mixing of modern medicine with the traditional systems of AYUSH which will adversely affect the health of our people. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) terms it ‘mixopathy’.
“Hence in order to safeguard the health of people and to strongly register dissent against this decision, the Indian Medical Association has arranged for nationwide relay hunger strike at all IMA state headquarters from the 1st to the 14th of February 2021. AHPI supports IMA and urges the government to consider the demands,” said Dr Alexander Thomas, President, Association of Healthcare Providers India (AHPI).
Doctors from the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi and other government hospitals wore black bands to register their protest on Friday.
A statement issued by the IMA said, “We demand the withdrawal of the notification and the NITI Aayog committee for integration [of all medicine systems]. Also we urge the government to take into account the view point of doctors against mixopathy. The IMA will continue its agitation till demands are met.”
According to an IMA release, hunger strikes and Raj Bhavan marches have also been reported. All across the country, Doctors from government sectors participated in several places. The entire cross-section of the medical profession participated in full strength.