'Anti-quackery committees' will be set up in a month: Harish Rao assures TS docs

The modern medicine doctors were upset that the health minister was encouraging “quackery” with his statements. For the last two days, there have been protests in government hospitals.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  4 Oct 2022 1:30 PM GMT
Anti-quackery committees will be set up in a month: Harish Rao assures TS docs

Hyderabad: Within a month, the state will form "anti-quackery committees," Telangana health minister Harish Rao assured medical association representatives on Tuesday who met him at Pragathi Bhavan.

The modern medicine doctors were upset that the health minister was encouraging "quackery" with his statements. For the last two days, there have been protests in government hospitals.

Representatives of the Indian Medical Association, Telangana Doctors Forum, Healthcare Reforms Doctors Association, Junior Doctors Association, and Senior Resident Doctors Association met the minister on Tuesday.

Rao assured them that district-level anti-quackery committees will be formed within a month.

These committees will take legal action as per the Telangana Medical Practitioners Registration Act and National Medical Council Act against quacks.




Who are quacks?

Quacks are those who practice modern medicine without proper qualifications. They are not qualified in modern medicine but still prescribe allopathic medicines.

These quacks also work as referral agents or middlemen for the healthcare industry.

Those who visit these quacks and encourage quackery will also be punished, the minister said.

Protests deferred

An action plan was devised by the medical associations as they said that they are constantly raising these issues in different forums but there is no outcome.

Following the health minister's assurance to form committees, the doctors have decided to defer their protest by a month.

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