Homeopathy, ayurveda and unani doctors in Maharashtra could soon be able to practice allopathy and prescribe allopathic drugs after the state government said that it will be issuing an ordinance next month making such a practice legal provided the doctors manage to pass a one-year course which could make them competent to practice those branches of medicine other than what they have trained for.
The announcement was made by minister for medical education, Dr Vijay Kumar Gavit who said that the government will be offering a certificate course which will start from next month once the ordinance is passed.
Doctors who complete the course and clear the exam will be able to practice allopathy from next year.
"We want to amend Maharashtra Medical Practitioners Act, 1961, and an ordinance in that respect will be issued by the end of August. After that, doctors from homeopathy, unani and ayurveda would be able undergo a one-year course of pharmocology and start practicing allopathy from next year", he said.