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Indian Medical Association (IMA) Sheds Crocodile Tears For Victims Of Medical Malpractice, Proposes To Settle Negligence Cases Out Of Court

The Indian Medical Association (IMA), a voluntary organization of doctors, has proposed new guidelines to improve ethical practice by doctors, declared Dr. K.K. Aggarwal, who was elected as the new secretary-general of IMA at a pompous gala during the 89th All India Medical Conference held in Ahmedabad on December 27, 2014.  There is no argument that it is a praiseworthy effort for any organization to try to improve ethical practice of medicine in India.  But the new proposal by IMA is misconvceived for more reasons than one.

First, IMA has absolutely no legal authority to enforce anything on any doctor.  Therefore, anything IMA might propose, even for better practice of medicine, would simply be ignored by members of the medical community who are involved with unethical practice.  The power to enforce doctors to do ethical practice is vested only with the Medical Council of India (MCI) that has already framed “Code of Ethics & Regulations” which is mandatory for all registered doctors in India.  Rather than making an useless public stunt by proposing new ethical norms for doctors, IMA should send their guidelines to MCI for adding them to the existing “Code of Ethics & Regulations” in order to have any real effect on doctors.

More importantly, the way healthcare in India stands today, IMA has hardly any credibility left to propose guidelines on medical ethics.  At the IMA conference in Ahmedabad last week, disgraced ex-MCI president, Dr. Ketan Desai, ;was chosen to deliver the inaugural address and he was treated as the supreme leader of IMA by Dr. Aggarwal and other senior IMA members.  As most people in India are aware today, Dr. Desai is now free on bail facing serious criminal charges for bribery and corruption.  Dr. Desai’s license to practice also remains suspended and he has been barred from participating in any medical conference by MCI since 2010 after he was caught red-handed while taking bribe by CBI.  Many senior IMA leaders themselves are also facing serious charges for corruption and unethical practice.  Has IMA ever taken any action against any of their delinquent medical colleagues?  IMA must first cleanse its own house and try to restore public trust before even thinking to propose ethical guidelines.  The latest move by IMA is nothing but an empty political gimmick.

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  • Seshadri R January 1, 2015, 11:53 pm

    My only question, what is use in proposing new guidelines to improve ethical practice by doctors by IMA, as they do not have power to enforce. Those who have powers (MCI) is closing their eyes as regards to ethics of the doctor. First let them take action against Dr. Ketan Desai, before they can propose any guidelines to improve ethical practice. We do not want law or guidelines, but we want real ethics by all the doctors including those who are members of MCI and IMA.

  • N Singha January 2, 2015, 4:46 am

    Interestingly Dr. K. K. Agarwal, brother- in- law of the current Atorney General of India Mr. Mukul Rohtagi, has been appointed as the Hony. Secretary General of IMA, which is tightly controlled by serial scamster Ketan Desai.

    Has the appointment of Agarwal been made so that Agarwal can use his personal relationship with the AG Rohtagi to dilute/ dismiss the criminal cases against Ketan which are under investigation/ pending trial, is a mute point which should be raised immediately.

  • Dr.B.Ravi Kumar January 4, 2015, 7:28 pm

    Death of a lactating woman on 14/12/2004. Kollam district forum awarded 15 lakhs to the child on 24/12/2012. The accused doctors moved Kerala state forum and the hearing is fixed for 13/2/2015. The criminal case under I.P.C. 304 Part 11 is stayed by the High Court of Kerala. The judgment regarding this is available in H.C. Kerala site. The criminal revision petition no: 1903/2014 is reported in K L T as per the face book of H.C. Kerala.

  • agrwl January 7, 2015, 4:13 am

    Ketan n ima have recently started treating them to b quasi govt authotity.As if they r authorised representative of govt. In another news they said that they will sign agreement with nri association to facilitate their practice in india. When did govt of india authorised them to deside who will practice in india?

  • rakesh sharma January 16, 2015, 12:17 pm

    Dear sir,
    My son Anirudh Sharma died due to wrong diagnosed & treatment in 2005 and case is filed by me against MCI in Delhi high court , as they are protecting the all doctors. On Rohini distt. court order police filed the FIR against all six treated doctors. IBN T V Channel organised a debate on medical negligence Dr. K.K. Agrawal has came on behalf of all doctors and during the debate he try to proved that all victim relative are blackmailing the innocent doctors but when I argued him with evidences & 2nd opinions , he have no answer but after the debate he said me you personally meat me I settle your matter and paid you a good compaction. I said thanks & u r telling on live debate that our intention is to cheat innocent doctors , now I proved you who are innocent.
    My fight against corrupt doctors & Hospital are still going on.
    Rakesh sharma

  • Ilyas January 27, 2015, 2:42 pm

    I do agree with the fact that existing “Code of Ethics & Regulations” really don’t have any real effect on doctors. I strongly appeal to PBT to propose more severe punishment cap to govt. for punishing negligent doctors rather than just getting away with few month’s or just a year’s removal of their name from medical register. A criteria must be defined for gross negligent doctors who don’t take their duty seriously and simply plays with innocent patients lives. Minimum 5 to 10 years removal cap must be inserted for doctors who found to be grossly negligent.