‘A pan-India law is needed to ensure doctors safety’

Sakal Times
Sunday, 8 April 2018

Students, who are doing MBBS, have worked hard to crack tough exams and get into the merit list. They have also spent so many years working very hard to qualify. In such a scenario, a doctor from another ‘pathy’ should not be able to study for just six months and get the right to practice allopathy.
—YS Deshpande (President, IMA)

IMA Prez was speaking during installation of new office-bearers at IMA Pune

Pune: “A pan-India law should be made to ensure safety for doctors,” said Dr YS Deshpande, President, Indian Medical Association (IMA) Maharashtra, on Sunday. He was talking to the medical fraternity during installation of new office-bearers at the IMA Pune chapter on Sunday. 

“If the law has been made by Maharashtra government to safeguard doctors, then it is possible that police authorities in Uttar Pradesh might be unaware of it. In such cases, it becomes more difficult for the doctors to lodge a complaint. Hence the law for the safety of doctors should be a pan India law, which would be applicable throughout the country,” noted Deshpande. 

While talking about the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, Deshpande noted that the bill might not be tabled until next parliamentary session begins, which is good. 

“However, the concept of cross-bridging is not acceptable at all. Students, who are doing MBBS, have worked hard to crack tough exams and get into the merit list. They have also spent so many years working very hard to qualify. In such a scenario, a doctor from another ‘pathy’ should not be able to study for just six months and get the right to practice allopathy,” said Deshpande. 

He also mentioned that more and more doctors should join IMA so that their views can be presented as one entity to the government.

While talking during the event, Dr Padma Iyer, the new president for 2018-2019 for the IMA Pune chapter noted the events that will be undertaken by the IMA this year. 

“The overall events will be conducted under the banner, ‘Helping Hands’. We will be undertaking various elaborate events. First is ‘Mission Pink Health Project’, a crusade against anaemia among pregnant women and children. The second will be, ‘Cancer Breast and Cancer Cervix’ to spread awareness and reach more people. The third will be ‘No Tobacco’ in any form. And the last will be ‘Save Girl Child and Educate Girl Child’,” noted Iyer.

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