The Madras High Court has dismissed a petition by two Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (BUMS) degree holders seeking to forbear the authorities from preventing them from practising allopathy medicine based on the training and teaching in the degree course.

In the order, Justice K.K. Sasidharan said there was no dispute that Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani, allopathic and homoeopathic systems of medicine had their own history, heritage, advantages and importance. It was not possible to ignore the traditional, indigenous system of medicine. There was no restriction for practising Indian medicine by qualified practitioners. The problem would arise only when they attempted to practise allopathic system of medicine without a degree and training in the modern system of medicine.

The petitioners, Dr. K.Abdul Muneer and Dr. Jalees Ahmed Siddiqi, said their clinics were raided on account of their practising in allopathy along with Unani.

The Director of Medical and Rural Health Services submitted that the petitioners had not obtained any valid allopathic medical degree/diploma and therefore they did not have basic qualification to practise allopathy.

Mr. Justice Sasidharan said the petitioners were taking shelter under the brief training they had during their internship. They had been given training in seven departments. The training was not for the purpose of practising allopathic medicine or to administer modern medicine. It was only as part of their curriculum to get the degree in BUMS that they had undergone such training. The training would not qualify them to practise in allopathy.

The petitioners had no case that they were prevented by police from practising Unani system. The police attempted to prevent their practice in allopathic medicine as they were not qualified to administer modern medicine, the Judge said.

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