The Indian Physiotherapists Association has demanded inclusion of physiotherapy in the central government’s department of AYUSH. The association has decided to send a delegation to meet Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to put forth their request. A resolution to this effect was passed at a two-day national summit on physiotherapy held in Vadodara.
The inclusion of physiotherapy in Department of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) and formation of a central council for this health care profession will give an independent status to physiotherapists, at par with other medical professionals. The formation of a council will enhance the status of physiotherapy profession and the council will play a major role in curbing the growth of sub-standard, unauthorized physiotherapy courses and will also ensure high quality physiotherapy care and services to the needy people.
Nearly 1,000 physiotherapists from different parts of the country attended the summit. The delegates at the summit also suggested that physiotherapists be allowed to use the prefix ‘doctor’ as they claimed that physiotherapists are not paramedics.