Karnataka: Ashwini Hospital in Madikeri has Dr. Kulkarni PN as a registered integrated medical practitioner in Madikeri. His license to practice medicine had been suspended by an order on April 12, 2018, by the District Health Officer. This was due to the incident of Kulkarni administering medicine to a patient, eventually leading to the death of a patient.
Even after the death of the patient, this ‘integrated Medical Practitioner’ is trying to claim his right to practice modern medicine. After having his license suspended by the authorities, this Ayush Practitioner has now approached the High Court against it. His suspension is now rescinded by the court due to faults in the procedure.
Kulkarni approached the High Court to establish his claim of being a registered Integrated Medical Practitioner under the Karnataka Ayurvedic, Naturopathy, Siddha, Unani and Yoga Practitioners’ Registration and Medical Practitioners’ Miscellaneous Provisions Act. He asserted on his entitlement to practice Allopathy given his establishment as an Integrated Medical Practitioner. He protested that his suspension is unilateral in the HC and therefore unacceptable.
The Suspension order is considered to be passed without affording an opportunity of hearing to the petitioner and hence cannot be sustained in the eye of the law, said the HC.
The HC rescinded the order of suspension order and urged the authorities to provide Kulkarni an opportunity to speak and put forward his stance. The authorities are directed to reconsider the issue at hand and the Health Officer will now have the liberty to determine whether or not the petitioner i.e. the Integrated Medical Practitioner is entitled to practice Allopathy.