India – Alternative medicine practitioners can’t use ‘doctor’ title.
A High Court verdict wrote that the health and family Planning Ministry illegally allowed alternative medicine practitioners to use ‘doctor’ title before their names. Practitioners of allopathic, unani, ayurvedic, homeopathic, herbal and acupuncture used the ‘doctor’ title before their names in violation of the Section 29 of the Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council (BMDC) Act 2010. The court referring to the law said that none but MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of surgery) and BMDC (Bangladesh Medical & Dental council) degree holders of BMDC registered medical and dental institutes can use the ‘doctor’ title. The court also recommended measures to ensure education, training and services to alternative medicine practitioners and to recognise the degree of specialised universities, colleges and educational institutions. More