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Bombay High Court Stays Government Circular Allowing Homeopaths To Practice Allopathy

Bombay High Court Stays Government Circular Allowing Homeopaths To Practice Allopathy


MUMBAI, 22 DEC 2017: In a setback to the Maharashtra government, the Bombay high court on Thursday stayed its notification permitting doctors having a degree of LCEH (licentiate of the court of examiners in homeopathy) to practice allopathy.

 

A bench of justice Shantanu Kemkar and justice Rajesh Ketkar passed the interim order on a petition by Indian Medical Association (IMA) challenging the September 27, 2017 notification which permits homeopaths holding a degree of LCEH to register themselves as allopathic doctors with the Maharashtra Medical Council.

 

Senior advocate SU Kamdar, representing the IMA, argued that the notification is bad in law because homoeopaths cannot be permitted to practice allopathy.

 

He pointed out that LCEH course is not recognised by Medical Council of India. An advocate for the LCEH Doctors' Association said even if the notification is stayed, LCEH doctors will continue to practice allopathy at their own risk.

 

The judges then questioned what about the risk to the patients. They stayed the notification and posted the hearing after four weeks.

 

LCEH degree was recognised by Central Council of Homeopathy in 1951 and abolished by it in 1982. But the LCEH Association contended that as homeopaths do an integrated course with one subject as general medicine, they are entitled to practice allopathy.

 

IMA’s petition stated that the Indian Medical Council Act 1956 provides that allopathic medicine course can only be approved by Indian Medical Council and because since LCEH is not approved, allopathy cannot be practiced by homeopaths.