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IMA Launches Nationwide Relay Hunger Strike Against ‘Mixopathy’

Doctors To Take Turns To Sit On The Hunger Strike 24x7

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Raju Vernekar
Raju Vernekar
I am a mumbai based journalist having worked with many daily newspapers.

INDIA.Mumbai: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) began a fortnight-long the pan-India relay hunger strike of doctors from Monday, in protest against a notification issued by the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) that authorizes post-graduate practitioners in specified streams of Ayurveda to perform general surgical procedures, stating that it will lead to “mixopathy”.

The members of the IMA, Junior Doctors Network (JDN), and Medical Students Network(MSN) sat in dharna at IMA headquarters at IP Estate, New Delhi. Doctors in Mumbai attached to IMA will undertake a fast at IMA’s Mumbai branch on Tuesday. 

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The fast agitation comes after the nationwide protest on the issue on 08 December and 11December 2020. The agitation will continue till February 14 and doctors will undertake fast at 50 centres across the country and the venues are being finalized, IMA’s honorary secretary-general Dr. Jayesh Lele told the “Transcontinental Times”.

Resentment against “Mixopathy”

“IMA acknowledges that the Indian population needs different systems of medicine for different conditions of diseases and for promoting wellness. However, we strongly oppose the proposal to make a single doctor practicing all systems together as it will hamper quality and safety as he will lack in-depth knowledge on the particular system of medicine. IMA supports polypathy but not ‘mixopathy’ and “kitchadification” of healthcare systems. IMA is constrained to intensify the agitation as the steps towards implementing ‘mixopathy’ are not being taken back,” said Dr. Lele said.

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The IMA has given directives to all members across the country to launch the “Save Healthcare India Movement”. Under the campaign, the IMA will launch a massive awareness drive across the country as this is a clear threat to the safety of healthcare of people, Dr.Lele said.

Don’t mix healthcare systems

“IMA acknowledges that the Indian population needs different systems of medicine for different conditions of diseases and for promoting wellness. However, we strongly oppose the proposal to make a single doctor practicing all systems together as it will hamper quality and safety as he will lack in-depth knowledge on the particular system of medicine. IMA supports polypathy but not ‘mixopathy’ and “kitchadification” of healthcare systems. IMA is constrained to intensify the agitation as the steps towards implementing ‘mixopathy’ are not being taken back,” said Dr. Lele said.

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The IMA has given directives to all members across the country to launch the “Save Healthcare India Movement”. Under the campaign, the IMA will launch a massive awareness drive across the country as this is a clear threat to the safety of healthcare of people, Dr.Lele said.

Hunger strike 24×7

Doctors will take turns to sit on the hunger strike 24×7 and the IMA will release posters and banners to raise awareness on the issue across the country, Dr. Lele said and added that All IMA members shall update their Members of Parliament and MLAs regarding the true picture of the notification and the integration policy. The IMA will also give its representations to all state governments. 

Under this movement, all NGOs will also be updated about the core issues. Besides, all IMA members will write and convey their feelings to the prime minister, the association said. Representatives of the IMA shall visit various places across the country to raise awareness

among the public and apprise various associations from different countries about “unscientific” notification of CCIM, the IMA said adding that the global voice of modern medicine shall echo the feelings of the IMA and its members.

CCIM notification condemned

The IMA has condemned the notification issued by the CCIM, a statutory body under the union AYUSH Ministry, authorizing post-graduate practitioners in specified streams of Ayurveda to be trained to perform surgical procedures such as excisions of benign tumours, amputation of gangrene, nasal and cataract operations.

The doctor’s body further said the recent policy tilt, as evidenced in the medical pluralism advocated by the National Education Policy 2020 and the four committees of NITI Aayog for officially integrating the systems of medicine in medical education, practice, public health and administration as well as research ostensibly for a “One Nation, One System”, will deal the death knell of all systems of medicine as a whole. The IMA demands withdrawal of the CCIM order and dissolution of the NITI AAYOG committees for integration. The IMA appeals to the government to consider the sensitivity of the medical fraternity and take appropriate steps” IMA statement said.

All specialty associations across the country are expected to join the strike through the Federation of Medical Associations under the aegis of IMA. The dental association and modern medical allied health organizations will also participate. Local branches will have hunger strike centres. Women doctors will be on hunger strike all across the nation on February 07. IMA has instructed its MSN, JDN, IMA Womens’ Wing, IMA Hospital Board, In-service Doctors, and Medical Colleges to participate in the agitation.

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