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Karnataka joins the list of 13 states where integrated medical practice is legal

Bengaluru: Karnataka has reportedly joined the list of 13 states, including Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, and Uttarakhand, where integrated practice — practise of modern medicine by traditional medical practitioners — is legal.

Despite objections by some groups, including the Karnataka Medical Council and Indian Medical Association, a committee, headed by the State Drugs Controller, set up by the health department to study the feasibility of allowing AYUSH doctors to practise allopathy, has given its go-ahead, reports The Hindu.

This effectively means practitioners of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) appointed in Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in rural areas of Karnataka can now practise allopathy “during emergencies” after undergo a six-month crash course under senior doctors in district hospitals. A government order to this effect was issued on January 5.

According to official sources in the health department, the move was essential as the department had repeatedly failed to attract adequate number of MBBS graduates for its PHCs. “We already have nearly 800 AYUSH practitioners recruited against the posts of General Duty Medical Officers,” said a top official.

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