Wednesday, 7 January 2015

IMA showed concern on the survey that 44% surgeries were needlessly advised

IMA has written letter to Medical Council of India and Maharashtra Medical Council to call upon the Medi Angles –the 2nd Opinion Center based out at Navi Mumbai who has released their survey  to one of the National Daily which has shown that over 44% of the surgeries were advised needlessly.  The survey released a data of 12,500 patients.

IMA National President, Padma Shri Awardee, Dr. A. Marthanda Pillai and Honorary Secretary General, Padma Shri Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal in a joint statement said that if the findings of this survey are correct, it is a matter of national concern but if the findings of this survey are not correct, it will cause a great damage to “Doctor-Patient Relationship”.

IMA officials said that as per the report, it looked that the 2nd opinion was given via Email or web based Consultation.

As per the IMA guidelines, difference of opinion is not negligence and 2nd opinion of a single doctor would only amount to difference of opinion. By IMA definition, the 2nd opinion is always a peer review which must have an opinion of 2 or 3 more doctors in consultation.

Various Supreme Court Judgments have shown error judgments and difference of opinion is not a professional mis-conduct or negligence.

IMA officials also said that as per MCI Guidelines, any survey which has a national impact should have been published in a reputed medical journal and/or presented in a medical conference before going to the media.

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