IMA Special Leave Petition Dismissed: Homeopathic & Ayurvedic Doctors Welcome SC Order

In June 2014, the State Assembly and the Legislative Council gave its approval to the bill which allowed Homeopaths to practice Allopathy after completing a one-year bridge course in Pharmacology. However, the IMA 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 medicines and perform minor surgeries. After the Bombay High Court denied interim relief in its order of 24th December, 2015, the IMA filed a SLP on the issue in the Apex Court. This SLP sought to restrain Homeopathic and Ayurvedic doctors from prescribing Allopathic medicines. The IMA sought a stay on the amendments made by the State Assembly in the Maharashtra Medical Council Act and the Maharashtra Medical Practitioners’ Act. However, the Supreme Court dismissed the SLP. Homeopathy and Ayurveda practitioners welcomed the Supreme Court order which dismissed the Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed by the Indian Medical Association (IMA). By dismissing the petition, the Supreme Court had helped to justify the Ayurvedic and Homeopathic practitioners’ stand of being able to practice integrated medicine.

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