THE PUNE Branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) joined its counterparts in a two-hour agitation on Wednesday. President of IMA-Pune Dr Mohan Joshi said the IMA satyagraha was mainly to stress upon the pending demands of the doctor fraternity and oppose the National Medical Commission.
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According to Dr Jayant Navrange, chairman of the medico-legal cell of IMA, a memorandum of demands was submitted to the collector. The IMA doctors have been opposing violence against doctors, the present Clinical Establishment Act, and have been demanding a cap on compensation in cases of medical negligence. “We are also opposed to certain clauses in the Pre Conception and Pre Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act and cross pathy,” Navrange added.
The IMA “satyagraha” has been supported by the World Medical Association, Dr KK Aggarwal, national president-elect of IMA, said. The IMA is mounting a major nationwide campaign in protest at moves to scrap the Medical Council of India. The present council has 130 members and a representative character with two-thirds elected and one-third nominated professional members.
The National Medical Commission will have 19 members handpicked by the Centre. It will have no representative character, mostly comprising non-doctors without any autonomy.
Dr Ardis Hoven, chair of the WMA, said, “The autonomy of the medical profession is under threat… Physicians everywhere have to speak out against the marginalisation of the medical profession and in support of professional autonomy…” “The new Commission proposed effectively means that non-doctors handpicked by the government will be regulating the medical profession without any autonomy. That is unacceptable,” he added.