Chennai: The Madras High Court has ruled that
registered practitioners of Siddha, Ayurveda, homoeopathy and
unani were qualified to practice modern scientific medicine,
including surgery, anaesthesiology and ENT among others.
Justice F M Ibrahim Kalifulla, closing a contempt petition
by the Tamil Nadu Siddha Medical Graduates Association, also
said penal action against such practitioners for practising
modern medicine should be "dropped forthwith."
The Judge took note of a June 29 circular of the Tamil
Nadu government, which, citing section 17(3)B of the Indian
Medicine Central Council Act 1970, said institutionally
qualified practitioners of Siddha, Ayurveda, Unani and
Homoeopathy were eligible to practise the respective system
with modern scientific medicine "including surgery and
obstetrics and gynaecology, anaesthesiology, ENT, etc based
on the training and teaching."
The yesterday`s ruling runs contrary to an order
delivered by another Judge of the court in February last on a
petition by two Unani practitioners who sought similar relief.
In February this year, Justice K K Sasidharan had held
that practitioners of Indian system of medicines should not
practise Allopathy, and that there was nothing wrong if police
took action against those who attempt to practice Allopathy
without valid qualification.