The Central government has notified that Ayurveda doctors will
now be allowed to perform a variety of general surgeries like ENT,
ophthalmology, and dental procedures.
This move comes after the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM), which regulates the medical study and practice of Ayurveda, amended the Indian Medicine Central Council (Post Graduate Ayurveda Education) Regulations, 2016, to allow the PG students of Ayurveda to practice general surgery
The CCIM gazette notification dated 19 November reads:
“The Central Council of Indian Medicine, with the previous sanction of the Central Government, hereby makes the following regulations further to amend the Indian Medicine Central Council (Post Graduate Ayurveda Education) Regulations, 2016.”
The students will be receiving training in ‘shalya’ (general surgery) and ‘shalakya’ (diseases of ear, nose, throat, eye, head, orthodentistry) specialisations, which will make them legally eligible to perform procedures such as skin grafting, cataract surgery, and root canal treatment.
Indian Medical Association (IMA ) has decided to oppose this move at any cost.