Members of the Forum for Physiotherapists, a State-level body, has demanded that a State Physiotherapy Council be established only after incorporating suggestions of practitioners.

At a meeting here on Sunday, the forum demanded the G.O. issued in 2008 on establishing a separate council, should be scrapped as it had incorporated stipulations by doctors, including prohibiting the practice of prefixing the title ‘Dr.’ before their names. Physiotherapists were not technicians but independent practitioners, according to V. Krishnakumar, president, and S. Suresh, secretary of the forum. The existing stipulation was to ensure physiotherapists continued to work under supervision of doctors, said a member. Although physiotherapy was a two-year course previously, today the bachelor’s degree is for four-and-a-half years while post graduation in various specialities is two years, they said.

The forum appealed to the government to freeze intake of students in physiotherapy colleges until a clear policy on employment of physiotherapists was framed.

Very few physiotherapists were appointed in government hospitals, they said. The association demanded that the post of the Vice-Chancellor in the Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, should be filled by doctors from various branches of medicine, including Siddha, Ayurveda and others, on rotation.

As many as 200 representatives met at the State meet here and will submit the petition to the health secretary on Monday.

  • ‘Freeze intake of students’

  • ‘We are independent practitioners’