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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 50  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 107-108

Allied and Healthcare Central Council Bill 2018 and inclusion of Occupational Therapists as an official signatory in medical board for issuance of disability certificate: The updates on recent Government policy


Director and Consultant, Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation, Rehabcare, Lucknow; Director, Deenbandhu Rehabilitation Center, Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, India; President, All India Occupational Therapist' Association; Editor-in-Chief, Indian Journal of Occupational Therapy, India

Date of Web Publication6-Feb-2019

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DOI: 10.4103/ijoth.ijoth_3_19

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  Allied and Healthcare Central Council Bill 2018 Top


The Union Cabinet has approved the Allied and Healthcare Central Council Bill 2018 recently on November 22, 2018, for regularization and standardization of the services provided by the professionals in healthcare sector.[1] The Bill as has been informed aims to acquire high-quality, multidisciplinary care moving away from “doctor-based model to care-accessible and team-based model.” The All India Occupational Therapists' Association (AIOTA) has been informed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare that AIOTA's submissions put forth in various meetings in the ministry, which includes independence status, structure, scope of practice, and the definition, have been appropriately incorporated in it. The Bill will be introduced in the winter session of the Parliament beginning from December 11, 2018. The AIOTA officials will carefully investigate all of the provisions of the Bill in the wider interest of the profession in the country, before accepting it in its totality. It appears that the emergence of the said bill will be the beginning of a new era of occupational therapy practice in India, in terms of legislation and rules governed ethical practice.


  Occupational Therapists as an Official Signatory in Medical Board for Issuance of Disability Certificate Top


In the capacity of the President, AIOTA, I congratulate members of AIOTA for inclusion of occupational therapist as specialist in the medical board as an official signatory with other board members for issuance of Unique Identity Card for Disabled in all categories of locomotor disabilities including hemophilia. I am happy to inform you that Government Medical College and Hospital, Aurangabad, has moved forward in this direction by including occupational therapist also with an orthopedic surgeon and a medical superintendent as official signatories for issuing certificates.[2] First specific learning disability (SLD) medical board in India also began in Government Mental Health Center, Thrissur (Kerala), with an occupational therapist as an official signatory for issuance of certificates. The decision to this effect was taken by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India vide Gazette Notification dated January 4, 2018. The state branches and members throughout India are hereby advised to make all efforts for including themselves as a specialist in the medical boards in each of the cities in the respective states for issuance of certification to persons with disabilities (PWDs) and SLD. An imperative action by AIOTA members is the demand of today for striving to showcase the active role of occupational therapy in India.


  All India Occupational Therapists' Association Member Achievements Top


On behalf of AIOTA ethical committee and members of AIOTA, I congratulate Dr. Subrata Kumar Halder, Senior Occupational Therapist cum Junior Lecturer at S. V. National Institute of Rehabilitation Training and Research, Cuttack, to be honored with the National Award on December 3, 2018 (The World Disability Day), by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, in recognition of development of new cost-effective product “Adjustable Postural Correction Chair” for use by the children, manufactured with the aim at improving the quality of life of children with disabilities.

Specialty edition's theme for this issue of IJOT in conformity with procedural protocol is Neuro-Rehabilitation. I am grateful to Dr. Kinsuk Maitra Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, Professor and Inaugural Chair, Georgia State University, Atlanta, with his colleague Dr. Emily Buchman for accepting our request to write Guest Editorial. Dr. Emily is also a faculty in Academic Council of Occupational Therapy organized Fellowship in Advanced Occupational Therapy in Neuro-Rehabilitation which already is in progress since September 2018. The issue carries three original research studies, two review articles, and one case study, encircling the theme of this edition.

Editorial board of IJOT conveys you all, the best wishes for a very happy, healthy, and prosperous new year.



 
  References Top

1.
Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill. New Delhi, India: Press Information Bureau, Government of India Cabinet; 2018. Available from: http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=185894. [Last updated on 2018 Nov 22; Last accessed on 2018 Dec 30].  Back to cited text no. 1
    
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Disabled to get UDID from Government Hospital. Aurangabad, India: Times of India. Available from: https://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/aurangabad/disabled-to-get-udid-from-govt-hospital/articleshow/63348521.cms. [Last updated on 2018 Mar 18; Last accessed on 2018 Dec 30].  Back to cited text no. 2
    




 

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