Pune: About 38,000 doctors associated with the Indian Medical Association (Maharashtra) wore black ribbons to work on Thursday in protest against the Maharashtra state government decision to allow crosspathy. Crosspathy is the use of homeopathy and ayurvedic practices along with allopathy.
Last month, the state government passed a resolution which allows the state’s homeopathy doctors to prescribe allopathy medicines.
Dr Arun Halbe, president of the Indian Medical Association (Pune branch), said, “This can prove hazardous to the patient’s safety. No homeopathy doctor has made such demands. It is a decision taken entirely by the political class.”
About 38,000 doctors associated with 197 branches of IMA (Maharashtra) protested against this decision which will be tabled in the new Lok Sabha once it meets.
Dr Halbe has said, “Doctors will not go on strike or stop work. IMA will distribute black ribbons to them to wear on the sleeves at the respective hospitals tomorrow.”