More than 30000 doctors in Ahmedabad and other parts of Gujarat took part in the protest and strike called by the Indian Medical Association. The protest was against a decision by CCIM which will allow Ayurveda doctors to perform certain forms of surgeries after completing a 3 years PG course. Though the protest took place between 6 am and 6 pm on Friday, emergency health care services were not interrupted during the medical strike.
Why the agitation?
The agitation started when the Central Council of Indian Medicine authorities passed the order that will allow Ayurveda doctors to perform 58 different types of surgeries after completing a 3 year PG course. The allopathic doctors argue that 3 years is not sufficient for someone to practice surgery and it will compromise the health of the patients aggressively. They protested from 6 am to 6 pm on Friday and said they will continue with the agitation till their demands are met.
What health experts are saying?
“The CCIM order says that post-graduate Ayurveda students will be given some training about modern medicine during their 3-year course after which they can perform 58 different types of surgeries. Modern medicine doctors spend 8 to 10 years learning the same. So if that can be achieved in just three years, why are we spending so many years learning them?” a senior medical expert Mona Desai said regarding the matter. These demands are feasible but the 3 years course that the CCIM has allowed for the Ayurveda doctors must also be taken into consideration given the fact it will allow only certain types of surgeries and not all types.
However, emergency services are not affected by the protest
As more than 30000 doctors are on strike on Friday, there could be that the medical services across the state would have been hampered. But to the doctor’s supervision, the emergency services, and the covid 19 medical services were not hampered in any hospitals. IMA’s Gujarat branch secretary Dr. Kamlesh Sahni said, “However, emergency services, including casualty, labor rooms, emergency surgeries, ICU and critical care service will continue. Over 30,000 of our member-doctors from Gujarat, including 9,000 from Ahmedabad, have joined the protest today. We demand the withdrawal of the CCIM Act notification and the NITI Aayog committee for integration (of all medicine systems). We urge the government to take into account the grievances of doctors against this myopathy. The IMA will continue its agitation till our demands are met.”
The Policy Times suggestion
- Though the doctors are right to have said that the efficacy of the surgeries would not be at par with them if performed by the Ayurveda doctors, they must also acknowledge the fact that if CCIM has taken the decision, there must be some logic behind it and thus they must think logically as well.
- If doctors call for a strike and a protest then the patients will suffer, more so in the time of covid. Although emergency services were not hampered, there would still be fuss amongst patients if doctors go on strike. Thus, the protest must be peaceful and logical without any act of discomfort or violence.