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Physiotherapist and Research Scholar, ESIC Model Hospital & PG Research Institute- ESICPGIMSR (Under Govt of India),Rajaji Nagar, Bangalore and General Secretary of Bangalore Physiotherapist Network (BPN) 2017-2020

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7 Jun 2016

Documents about Referral by Doctors to Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation

Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment’s letter No. 9-3/CCD/2007 dated 15/05/2008
Subject: Handling of Children with disabilities and referral: “Most of the doctors are not trained for rehabilitation of Persons with disabilities, they often try to treat their disabilities even when medical or surgical interventions are not required.

In the process, most critical period of six years of life is lost which is most important period to train & rehabilitate the child with disability to utilize the residual capacity of the impaired organs. Consequently , it is too late for such children to respond to the rehabilitation therapies even by most qualified & skilled rehabilitation professionals like Physiotherapists etc.

Chief Commissioner has taken notice of the complaints from parents, Rehabilitation professionals , NGO’s etc . and has directed that appropriate instructions may be issued by Medical Council of India and Indian Medical Association through print and electronic media to the effect that the doctors not trained on rehabilitation should restrict their treatment of children with disabilities to their medical illness/disease or else action be initiated against such practices under relevant section of MCI. They should refer such children to the qualified rehabilitation Professionals to ensure that they get appropriate rehabilitation/therapeutic assistance well in time.

The court of the Chief Commissioner for persons with disabilities shall be constrained to initiate action under Section 59 of the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995 against the Doctors who may persist with such practices”.

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