Mumbai :  The decision of the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) to move the High Court for appealing against the State cabinet decision of allowing homoeopaths to prescribe allopathic medicines in emergency cases, has led to a piquant situation.

A practising homoeopath, in a telephone call to a resident doctor, has threatened to commit suicide if the matter is moved to the court.

“The doctor said that the cabinet decision is for the community welfare and that we must not go against it. He said that he is already in debt of Rs 12 lakh and will commit suicide if MARD goes to the HC,” said a resident doctor, requesting anonymity.

However, MARD is clear on its stand of moving the HC. “We can understand that homoeopaths are suffering losses and with the cabinet’s move more patients will visit them. But we can’t jeopardise the lives of patients because of it. If they can, they should practise their own science,” said the doctor.

Not only MARD but the deans of  public hospital are also against the cabinet’s decision. The deans said that homoeopaths cannot give a go-by to the allopathic fraternity just because they are running  losses.

Also according to experts, homoeopathy colleges are producing substandard quality of doctors, which is the main reason in decline of trust amongst people in them and preference for allopathy.

Dr Suleiman Merchant, head of radiology department from Sion Hospital said this move suggests that the government is trying to make up for the rising demand of the doctors in the state. “ They are trying to meet the rising demand of doctors. But the fact is that most of these homoeopathy institutions are being run by politicians  selling degrees to the people,” said Dr Merchant.

Dr Rajesh Sarvadnya, practising BHMS and MD from Vivekanand Youth Connect, also backed Dr Merchant’s view on the issue.

“It is true that the 70 per cent of the colleges are being run by  politicians and this should be stopped. Number of homoeopathic collages should be brought down by 80% as there are too many colleges in state that are being administered by politicians with substandard educational facilities. This is a very important reason for declining trust amongst people for homoeopathy,” he said.

“Before beginning the programme, the government must ensure that quality of education must be improved. The teachers are not paid well in these colleges due to which the students don’t get good guidance leading to decline in quality of education,” added Dr Sarvadnya.

“Strict legal bond should be taken from students about full knowledge of medico-legal aspects of taking admission in homoeopathic course & readiness to practice only homoeopathy after completing the course,” he said.

“This is a dangerous way of responding to the issue as by this the quality of homoeopaths will only decline multiplying their losses as they cannot digest pharmacology in just 1 year, a science for which we took 5 years,” said Dr Shubhangi Parkar, dean, KEM Hospital.

“Why can’t the homoeopathic doctors practise absolute homoeopathy that is their science? We have a different syllabus, different course, and different modes of treatment. How can they study something else and practise something else? Both homoeopathy and allopathic function on different ideologies as they don’t promote our methods and we can’t promote their methods,” added Dr Parkar.

However, homoeopathy doctors say that syllabus and research in both the courses are same. “In BHMS we study every basic detail that the MBBS doctors study. The only difference is that the MBBS doctors are taught pharmacology and we are taught metramedia. But now when we are being taught the same for an year then I can’t understand what the fuss is all about,” said a homoeopath.

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