National Policy on Indian Systems of Medicine & Homoeopathy ¬ 2002, envisages integration of AYUSH with the Health Care Delivery System. Mainstreaming of AYUSH is one of the strategies in National Health Mission (NHM) as well which seeks to provide accessible, affordable and quality health care in order to improve the existing health care delivery system.
In this regard, Government of India has adopted a strategy of Co-¬location of AYUSH facilities at Primary Health Centres (PHCs), Community Health Centres (CHCs) and District Hospitals (DHs), thus enabling choice to the patients for different systems of medicines under single window. The engagement of AYUSH Doctors/Paramedics and their training is supported by the Department of Health & Family Welfare, while the support for AYUSH infrastructure, equipment/furniture and medicines are provided by Ministry of AYUSH under shared responsibilities.
However, the Government has not proposed to create a special cadre of AYUSH practitioners and paramedics for village posting to tide over the shortage of doctors in rural parts of the country.
Medical Council of India (MCI) and the Indian Medical Association (IMA) have been consulted on the issue of permitting the medical practitioner under the Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) system of medicine to practice allopathy treatment in a limited way and they are of the opinion that any amendment to the IMC Act, 1956 on this count would be detrimental to the cause of practicing of modern medicine. Therefore no decision has been taken in this regard.
This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik in written reply in Lok Sabha today.
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