Ayush practitioners can use 'Dr.' as prefix: Minister of Hea
Practitioners of Modern Medicine, Indian Systems of Medicines, as well as Dentistry, who are recognised by the central government- all can use the prefix “Dr” in the country, Minister of State ( Health), Shri Anupriya Patel Clarified in parliament recently.

The minister was addressing Dr. Tapas Mandal in parliament, who asked: "...whether the persons holding B.A.M.S., B.H.M.S., B.U.M.S., B.S.M.S., B.D.S., B.Y.N.S., and MBBS degrees are allowed to prefix ‘Dr.’ before their name..."

The reply given by the minister in the Lok Sabha session is as follows:

- "...Yes. The Central Government had constituted a ‘Standing Committee of Experts’ under the Chairmanship of Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research to consider & give its recommendations to the Government on the efficacy/merits of various streams of alternative medicine. The Committee had made various recommendations on the subject given to it and also suggested that the term ‘Doctor’ should be used only by practitioners of system of medicine recognized by the Government of India. The recommendations were accepted by the Government and an Executive Order in this regard was issued on 25th November, 2003..."

- "...The Clause 1.4.2 of the Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations, 2002 which is applicable for the medical practitioners provides that the Physicians shall display as suffix to their names only recognized medical degrees or such certificates / diplomas and membership / honours which confer professional knowledge or recognizes any exemplary qualification / achievements. Similar provisions are also available under the Revised Dentists (Code of Ethics) Regulations, 2014 applicable for the Dentists..."

Earlier PlexusMD had reported that a Parliamentary Committee recommended that the AYUSH Practitioners should be called Vaidya, Vaidyaraj, Hakim etc. but not "Doctors". Read more about it here: https://pxmd.co/gOE9b

Read the complete answer regarding the nomenclature in the PDF attached below.

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