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Friday, May 10, 2013

Government free to amend the schedule to allow Homoeopaths to practise Allopathy-says Court

homeopathy allopathyThe Bombay high court on Friday stayed its earlier order permitting homoeopathic doctors having degree of LCEH (licentiate of the court of examiners in homeopathy) to practise allopathy. Reviewing their April 15, 2013, judgment, a division bench of Justice S J Vazifdar and Justice Mridula Bhatkar stayed the order to the government to amend the schedule of the Maharashtra Medical Council Act to allow LCEH doctors to practice allopathy. 
The Maharashtra Medical Council and Indian Medical Association had filed the review petition, stating that under the provisions of the MMC Act 1965, homoeopaths having this degree cannot practise as allopathic doctors. Senior counsel S U Kamdar, along with advocate Chirag Kamdar, said homoeopaths cannot be permitted to practise modern medicine unless they are registered with the MMC and the government could not amend the schedule of the MMC Act without prior consultation of the MMC. 
Advocate Ashutosh Kumbhakoni, appearing for the LCEH Doctors' Association, defended the April 15 verdict, saying that as homeopaths do an integrated course with one subject as general medicine, they are entitled to practice allopathy. "Even otherwise, they have been practising allopathy for all these years,'' he added. Staying their order, the judges said if homoeopaths practise modern medicine,
then they will do so at their own risk. But additional government pleader G W Mattos submitted that the government will allow homoeopaths to practise allopathy. The judges clarified that the government is free to go ahead and amend the schedule to allow homoeopaths to practise allopathy. 

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