Pune: The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed by the Pune unit of Indian Medical Association (IMA) seeking to restrain homeopathy and ayurveda practitioners from prescribing allopathic medicines.
A bench consisting of Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rohinton Nariman dismissed the petition on the grounds that ayurveda practitioners in the state have been allowed to practise allopathy since 1992. So a few homeopathic doctors doing the same until the high court reaches a decision wouldn’t make a big difference.
The bench also noted that the decision to allow this was made by the government due to the obvious shortage of allopathic doctors in the state. It also directed the Bombay High Court to see to it that the case is dealt with expeditiously.
The state assembly and the legislative council had in June last year given its approval to a bill that allowed homeopaths to practise allopathy after a one-year bridge course in pharmacology.
IMA Maharashtra moved the Bombay High Court over the issue and also questioned the state cabinet’s decision to allow unani and ayurveda practitioners to legally prescribe allopathic medicine and perform minor surgeries.