Madurai: Madras high court has dismissed a batch of petitions filed by electropathy practitioners taking cognizance of the fact that they obtained unrecognized medical diploma, degrees from unrecognized institutions.
The court directed the central and state governments to take immediate action against bogus institutes offering such courses putting at stake the lives of youngsters.
The petitioners had sought to forbear the registrar of Tamil Nadu Homeopathy Medical Council from interfering with their practice by asking them not to practise without registering their diploma certificates in their council.
They said the police were carrying out inspections in their clinics. When they approached the council seeking recognition, it was not granted.
On perusal of the submissions, Justice Pushpa Sathyanarayana observed that most of the certificates produced by the petitioners of their diploma degree were issued by private institutions without affiliation to any statutory body or university recognised by Acts of Parliament.
Having joined such courses, they were stopped from claiming any right to register themselves in the statutory council or practise.
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Taking cognizance of the fact that Electro Homeopathy System of Medicine (Recognition) Bill has not been passed in Parliament, the judge dismissed the petitions.
The judge noted that this was a classic example of students taking up an unrecognized course and being forced to linger around the court even after completing the course successfully, wasting time, money and risk for which they are not responsible.
“The right of every Indian citizen to health and the right to receive proper medical care by qualified medical personnel is violated not only by the existence of quacks, but also by the practitioners with unrecognized medical degree.
Eventually, the life of the patient is at risk,” the court said adding the quality and faith in the medical education would come down significantly if such unrecognized medical certificates are permitted to be issued.
The judge observed that the union ministry of health and family welfare had issued an order in 2003 directing the state governments and union territories to ensure that no institutions offer any degree or diploma in the stream of medicine which have not been recommended for recognition.
Despite this, the institutes in which the petitioners studied were able to offer such course.
The issue cannot be weighed lightly and the authorities concerned should be held accountable.
The judge directed the central and state governments to take immediate action against such institutes and have a serious check on these issues without any delay.
The judge also asked the students to be cautious before choosing a course and institutions.