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Saturday, October 17, 2020

Court against unqualified medical practitioners in Kerala

Court against unqualified medical practitioners in Kerala

Kerala High Court on October 14, quashed government orders exempting registration for unqualified practitioners in Kerala with a court order.
The Government of Kerala can no longer permit people without qualification to practice traditional medicine or ‘paramparya vaidyam’, naturopathy or any other forms of alternative medicine.
This follows a The order termed a certain provision that gave powers to the authorities to do so as ‘unconstitutional.’ 

Kerala Goverment had allowed unqualified people to practice traditional medicine with a order issued in 2011.Raju Thomas, president, and Sadath Dinakar, general secretary, Ayurveda Medical Association of India (AMAI), said  that their organisation had legally challenged the government order issued in 2011 
The court pointed out that the orders issued by the State government “with respect to the exemption from registration by invoking the powers conferred under the 1st proviso to Section 38 of the Travancore-Cochin Medical Practitioners (TCMP) Act, 1953, is repugnant to the provisions of the Central Act of 1970” and was ‘unconstitutional.’ 

The Division Bench said that the order providing registration to unqualified practitioners of naturopathy and other alternative medicines were in conflict with the provisions of the Central Act, orders of the Government of India, and the guidelines specified. The court also struck down the first proviso to Section 38 of the TCMP Act, 1953. 
The AMAI functionaries said that the High Court order was against the backdrop of a Supreme Court order in 2017 which said that people who are not qualified and not registered themselves with the respective medical councils should not be allowed to practice medicine. Those who violate the law are liable to be punished by one year in jail or ₹5 lakh as fine, or both, they added.

This will help the people of Kerala to avail treatment facilities run by registered medical practitioners especially in the time of this pandemic. India government had also recently passed National Commission for Homoeopathy Bill and the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Bill.
Sources: The Hindu

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