Physiotherapists are not doctors: MCI

Physiotherapists are not doctors: MCI

There are 1865 comments on the The Hindu story from Apr 5, 2008, titled Physiotherapists are not doctors: MCI. In it, The Hindu reports that:

Stern warning to those using the 'Doctor' prefix; rule being flouted by 90 p.c. of physiotherapists working in Delhi 'Private hospitals are listing physiotherapists as doctors misleading the general population' ...

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#1897 Apr 4, 2013
Govind wrote:
Except those holding MBBS nobody else can prefix doctor before their name (Exceptions are Ph.D holders but they cannot treat patients :))
Physiotherapists can be termed as paramedic staff
. Y not bother about the exceptions too n call dem quacks in their profession??? No one bothers abt d exceptions , so y shld it bother wat fellow medics are called as far as dey dnt trespass their field.. Bsides, wats d degree obtained by physiotherapists after d full training?? Dat should speak..


#1898 Apr 4, 2013
Its a pity to find out that members of the health team who should knw each others worth and importance are busy insulting and making a big deal out of a mere TITLE.. Lives are at stake, physicians do ur job, physiotherapists we do ours.. No tresspassing..


#1899 Apr 4, 2013
Dr sathya PT wrote:
physio profession is more respectable and seperate form of treatment using manual skills apart from allopathy. priscribing pain killer is the duty of medical docters ....but physio can assess the movement and find the relevent cause for pian .....proud to be physios
proud to be a physiotherapist in the making too..


#1900 Apr 4, 2013
Saravan wrote:
Better you improve your knowledge, all radiologists and anesthesiologists are physicians all across the world,If you guys are so knowledgeble why cann't you study MBBS and practice medicine?, i think physiotherapists in India are in foolish world, they did not get admission for MBBS after 12th, so now wants to overcome that inferiority complexity by affixing Dr .
Saravan...... To start with, not all physiotherapists ever wish to study medicine, not all sort for physio as an alternative coz dey cldnt get medicine, I never wanted medicine, infact I got d opportunity to study medicine if I wntd to, buh I waited yrs to get my physio course,...waoh! Surprised at u , y can't we study n practice medicine? Dat questn says a lot about u n ur thoughts..pity. Inferiority complex..meanin, u feel/fink mbbs is superior., why den bother abt d inferior..?? Ur profession should speak for u not ur TITLE..same goes to d physios

Bhawan, India

#1901 Apr 5, 2013
bpt are also do work hard mr,,,,if u dnt knw then i vl tell u dat the syllabus of bpt is much hard as mbbs syllabus,,,however now a days mbbs scope is high but bpt are related to health profession and they are doctors

Bhawan, India

#1902 Apr 5, 2013
sorry to say.,that dsnt mean that all bpt are failure .if u luk 20yr past there is no scope of mbbs people left seat of mbbs.........and the another thing is that the bpt and mopt way to treat peoples is quite different and mch and bams ,bds,bhms are also try for mbbs and they fail..........think and then comment


#1905 Apr 7, 2013
Meya ,nurse=mbbs ,but bpt Dr syllabus is anatomy ,physiology ,biochemistry,biomechanics ,exercisetherapy,medicine,surg ery,electrotherapy,cardiothora cic,ent2,obsteric,gynecology ,pediatric,psychology,psychiat ry,geriatric,orthopaedic,derma tology .


#1906 Apr 7, 2013
Microbiologo,pharmacological ,pathology,rehabilitation,firs t aid,emergency,neurology ,sports medicine etc


#1907 Apr 7, 2013
Meya ,after read those few subject including internship ,one physiotherapist doctor sit in o.p.d with full confidence

Thane, India

#1908 Apr 7, 2013
oh my god.. are these educated so called DOCTORS arguing,,,....!!!
shame on u...


#1910 Apr 9, 2013
U people always frustrated,no solution

Erode, India

#1911 Apr 9, 2013
a person who studied to treat the patient with his own knowledge (got from his degree) are eligible to get Dr....6 and half years we studied to diagnose and to treat the patient according to the condition...
......please think about it ..
Dr Nakkiran PT

Chennai, India

#1912 Apr 10, 2013
YES, Physiotherapists are allowed to use Dr prefix. There is no objections for this.

This was announced by IAP INDIAN ASSOCIAN OF PHYSIOTHERAPY. The same was published on 18 Augest 2011 THE HINDU - NEW DELHI.

Every clinical health professional writes Dr. before their name as a matter of tradition and convention and no one is allowed to write Dr. before their name if she or he is having no Ph.D. or M.D. as a matter of right.''

IAP general secretary Dr. Sanjiv Kumar Jha (P.T.) said: "Physiotherapists prefixes Dr. as per the resolution of IAP, we have also warned IMA and MCI for defaming the physiotherapists as they have no statutory power to regulate physiotherapy profession in India, hence no right to publish wrong information about physiotherapy as a whole.

Physiotherapists are giving treatment by physical means and they never prescribe any drugs,'' he added.

INDIAN EXPRESS APRIL 10 2013 Publication as bellow.

Physiotherapists in the city are an unhappy lot as they claim that various organisations are trying to degrade their profession and challenge their right to prefix the title of a doctor before their name.

The Indian Association of Physiotherapists (IAP) is trying hard to get the physiotherapy council bill passed in the forthcoming monsoon session. The bill proposes widening the definition of physiotherapy, changing the name of the council, segregation of occupational therapists from the definition and having a higher pay scale and cadre.

Physiotherapists use Dr as a prefix and PT as a suffix with their name so that a patient gets to know that the doctor is a physiotherapist, a practice not undertaken by any other stream of medical science, said Dr Ali Irani, president IAP.

The IAP had to issue a public notice recently, stating that the Medical Council of India and Indian Medical Association did not have the statutory power to regulate the physiotherapy profession in the country.

Dr Sanjeev Kumar Jha, general secretary of the IAP, has issued a stern warning to refrain from defaming physiotherapy.

Physiotherapy is a system of medicine that involves diagnosing and treating a range of diseases and disabilities by using physical means, but some people are defaming the profession by stating that physiotherapists were prescribing medicines, said Irani. "Physiotherapy is not confined to exercise. It can diagnose, examine, treat and prevent problems caused by pain, disability and disease, sport and work-related injuries, ageing and long periods of inactivity. Hence, physiotherapists rightly put Dr as a prefix," said Dr Shaila Sabnis, principal, Sancheti Institute's College of Physiotherapy and former convenor of the IAP's Pune branch.

"We have informed members about the public notice and in no way do we want to deceive people," she added. Dr Shweta Basu Roy, lecturer Sancheti Institute's College of Physiotherapy and a member of IAP, said physiotherapy is a totally drugless therapy and that a physiotherapist goes through a four and half year degree course and then 2-3 years of post graduate course to study the discipline.

Chennai, India

#1913 Apr 13, 2013
Hi whats wrong in physios keeping dr title? Hey arrogant mbbs fellas woe be on ya. These fellas read all your books nd dey treat em well too. Keep away ya dirty mbbs pigs stupid scoundrels
dr ravi

Brighton, UK

#1915 Apr 16, 2013
Dr N Nibedita Devi P T wrote:
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My dear so to be called doctors one must learn only how to deal with cardiac arrest or emergencies? ridiculous
. I am a doctor and I'm embarrassed at the comment from my fellow profession above. Complete dickhead doctor.

Delhi, India

#1917 Apr 17, 2013
are ye physiotherapy saala kaisa course hain meri to life barbaad ho gyi saala govt jobs to nikalti hi nahi aur private hospital mein to chaprasi se bhi kam salary milti hain aur kutton ki tarah kaam lete saale gadhon ki tarah bike par baith ke dhoop mein barish mein thand mein private patient se hi kamai banati hain aur wo bhi saala izzat nahi deta plz agar aap log ye course karte ho to bahar jaon europe wahan bahut scope hain yahan saala jin physiotherapiston ki clinic wo naye therapiston ki gaand marte hain kutte ki tarah kaam lete hain aur chawanni bhi nahi dete wo sirf khud ko mashoor bana rahe hain aur inki bhi dukan isliye chal rahi hain kyunki ye hospitalon mein jaake orthopaedician ki gaand chat te hain abhi bahut saare comments yaahan kahenge ki main jhooth bol rahan aur mujhe galiyan bhi denge lekin ye sab sach hain main bhi aise hi armaan lekar is course mein aayan aaj 5 saal baad apne naseeb ko dhutkarta hoon mere saath ke takreeban 90 percent logon ne ye field chod di hain aur wo ssc aur ibps ki taiyarri jahan kuch aukaad bhi hain aur paisa bhi main aapkon bhi yahi mashwara doonga best of luck


#1919 Apr 18, 2013
Billa u failed ur professional life, keep away in any professional course and be depressed ,frustrated
sathish kumar mathan

Coimbatore, India

#1921 Apr 19, 2013
an information to u
in state of tamilnadu..govt says that none other than phd holders and dm holders can prefixx dr before their name
even mbbs graduates medical university degree doesnt give dr prefixx
its their council which provides
we too wil have shortly
u can can simply relax and keep kool man
Dr Karan

Thane, India

#1922 Apr 19, 2013
No degree or college on itself can honour anybody with Dr. exept for Phd in other case the rights are given to council only.
I am a physiotherapist and registered myself to Maharashtra state OT & PT council (Act 2004)
My certificate from govt has been prefixed with Dr.
I guess there is nothing much to crib around just stop feeling insecure and do understand you are not having any monopoly on prefixing Dr.

Chennai, India

#1925 Apr 30, 2013
Being a physiotherapist myself, I feel that unless there is a legislation we cannot safely call ourselves doctors. We have to fight for a council like Maharashtra PT OT council. There no ortho person can dare dictate a physio prescription to us as any person other than those who are registered in the above council can prescribe a physio program.

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