Thursday, 1 June 2017

Straight from the Heart to our senior colleagues: We seek your blessings and support

Straight from the Heart to our senior colleagues: We seek your blessings and support To All our Senior Colleagues - Past Presidents, Association Presidents, Medical Leaders, National Awardees, Teachers, Administrators and Mentors We need your blessings and support in fighting for the cause of the medical profession Dear Colleague Our medical profession is facing very tough times. From time to time, doctors are being abused or beaten, manhandled, tried in the media, defamed in social media, criticized by the public or charge sheeted by the police. Don’t you think that we now need to speak out in ‘one voice’ and fight against this multipronged assault? Two and a half years back, I practically took a sabbatical from my clinical practice and have devoted myself to work for the betterment of and in the interest of the medical profession in my various capacities in the Indian Medical Association (IMA). Through these years, it has been my endeavor to provide a common platform for dialogue amongst the fraternity and also with the policymakers and other stakeholders. And, I now seek you support to take this fight to its rightful conclusion. If you feel, that IMA is right 1. That we have a right to live with dignity and honor. 2. That no media trial of doctors should be allowed. 3. That no media should disclose the name of the doctor till he/she has been convicted by any court of law. 4. That we have the autonomy to choose drugs, investigations and the line of treatment 5. That we have the autonomy to decide our consultation and procedure charges 6. That we have the right to practice in a violence-free environment 7. That we are not against accountability but no one has a right to take law in their hands 8. That how can compensation to a patient be awarded on the basis of the income of the patient? 9. That how can AYUSH doctors be allowed to practice modern medicine? 10. That how can our service doctors be on contract for decades on peanut salaries? 11. That how can our doctors work in rural areas with half the salary of those working in the urban area? 12. That how can we be criminally prosecuted for clerical errors? 13. That how can we be under the purview of the PC PNDT Act, when many of us do not see any obstetric cases? 14. That how are we expected to provide for the complete treatment of victims of acid attack, rape or child sexual abuse? 15. That how can we sustain ourselves when CGHS does not pay us for months? 16. That how can we survive with the types of payment as scheduled by Mediclaim and TPAs? 17. That we buy diagnostic machines in dollars, but charge our patients in rupees, then how why are we accused of being commercial? 18. That when all my scientific updates are given to me by the hospital or industry then how can I be blamed of being in a nexus with them? 19. That when I am supposed to implement all national Health programs, than why am I not given compensation in the form of subsidy? 20. That when government looks after only 20% of the population and the private sector is forced to fill in for the government by looking after 80% of their work, then why am I not being acknowledged for the same? If you think that these concerns of IMA are genuine, then I ask you to join us and help build the movement “Enough is Enough: Dilli Chalo” on 6th June from Rajghat to Indira Gandhi Stadium, 8am to 2 pm. Please sign the petition at A live webcast of the event would also be available at There are several ways by which you can contribute in making this movement a success. 1. You can accompany us on 6th June to meet a political dignitary with our demands 2. You can help sensitize the MPs and other political leaders. 3. You can help sensitize the retired judges and senior lawyers. 4. You can have doctors sign the petition. 5. You can join and bless the team at Indira Gandhi Stadium with encouraging words of wisdom. 6. You can send your words of wisdom to be spoken at the event. 7. You can speak to the media about the issues facing the medical profession. 8. You can sensitize the media for a TV debate. 9. You can have someone sponsor a few advts for that day. 10. You can post your video support on social media. 11. Collect donations for IMA for this movement. Dr KK Aggarwal National President IMA & HCFI

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