TAMIL NADU

Homoeopathy practitioners' association plea dismissed

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has dismissed a petition by the Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy Practitioners Association seeking to restrain health authorities and the police from enforcing penal provisions of the Indian Medical Council Act and the Drugs and Cosmetics Act on Association members.

In its petition, the Tiruvannamalai District Indian Medicine and Homoeopathic Practitioners Welfare Association, stated that its members were practising medicine by following the rules and regulations of State and Central governments. They were helping the rural poor and the downtrodden.

Justice Paul Vasanthakumar said no such blanket order as sought by the petitioner could be granted as it would be against the provisions of the two legislations. The objects of the Acts were to maintain high standards of medical treatment and to regulate import, manufacture, distribution and sale of drugs and cosmetics. The authorities were vested with powers to monitor the same and they could not be prevented from doing their statutory duties.

Mr. Justice Paul Vasanthakumar said nowadays some people were practising medicine without possessing the prescribed qualification and without registering their names with the respective medical council. They were prescribing medicines even though they were not authorised to do so.

He said no case had been made out by the petitioner.