Members of the Coimbatore unit of the Forum for Physiotherapists on Sunday went on a day-long fast here demanding a State council.
They said that the Government should constitute the State Council for Physiotherapy as that would help people from the lower economic strata access physiotherapy services. It should also issue an order that would enable only those with physiotherapy qualification run physiotherapy centres in hospitals and standalone clinics.
The Government should also take efforts to have the Bachelor of Physiotherapy course removed from the paramedical course list so as to recognise it as a separate branch of medicine.
To improve the quality of education, it should appoint a person with physiotherapy qualification as a member of the Board of Studies that drafted the syllabus for the course.
The members on fast said that at present only a few government hospitals had physiotherapy centres.
It should extend the same to all district headquarters, taluk-level hospitals and to urban primary health centres.
They also vowed to fight against the move to curb independent physiotherapy practice by bringing it within the ambit of the Clinical Establishment Act.