Medical profession does not need any regulators: IMA

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Doctors are considered next to God and require no regulators

New Delhi, 27 December 2017: The Union Cabinet recently rendered another blow to the medical profession with the approval of the draft National Medical Commission Bill, 2017. The NMC will “cripple” the functioning of the medical profession by making it completely answerable to the bureaucracy and non-medical administrators. Devoid of federal character, this non-representative half non-medical body will be a poor substitute for the MCI. NMC will not represent the medical profession of India in any manner.

Delivering affordable health care to India’s billion plus people presents enormous challenges and opportunities for the medical fraternity. Political ideologies play a distinctive role in determining the health policies of our country. The profession is fighting to ensure that further escalation of healthcare costs can be avoided. This, again, is only for the greater good of the community. This and other points were discussed at the Annual Central Council Meeting of the IMA held in Mumbai.

“Medical profession is regarded as a noble profession and no other profession has been given a similar high status. ‘Doctors treat, but God heals’ is a well-known saying. Doctors are considered next to Gods and hence require no regulators. They need to self-regulate themselves,” said Dr KK Aggarwal National President IMA during the Annual Central Council meeting.

Addressing the Central Council meeting, Dr KK Aggarwal and Dr Ravi Wankhedkar Incoming National President IMA, in a joint statement, said, “Dharma of a doctor is to treat and save the life of a person at any cost. It is time that the community supports us as we support them. We speak the loudest when we speak with one voice. Now, all corporate houses shall have to follow the MCI ethics and will help the profession provide affordable healthcare.”

Honorary Secretary General IMA Dr R N Tandon said, “Today, IMA is the largest medical professional body and is committed to affordable health care.”

The IMA has added the following in the last one year.

  • New medical emblem for doctors to differentiate MBBS doctors from non-MBBS doctors
  • IMA self-regulation code
  • A one-day educational event on TB with over 1000 doctors in March 2018
  • IMA policy on preventing antibiotic resistance
  • IMA restoration guidelines
  • IMA declaration of pollution as public health emergency\
  • IMA policy on writing NLEM drugs and capping the prices of non-NLEM items
  • New guidelines on criminal prosecution of doctors
  • IMA no incentive policy (no cuts, no commissions, no referral fee without service)
  • IMA accreditation of clinics, less than 50 bedded medical establishments and educational programmes
  • Aao School Chalen on the 5th of every month
  • IMA One drug-One price-One company policy

Straight from the Heart: Introducing our new National President Dr Ravi Wankhedkar

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Dr Ravi Wankhedkar will be the National President IMA 2017-18.

Ravi is a Consulting Surgeon and Coloproctologist. He completed his schooling from Canossa Convent, Dhule and MBBS and MS (General Surgery) from the renowned BJ Medical College, Pune.

Ravi was sure of the district of Dhule as his area of work even before starting college, having witnessed poverty and other related health problems in the district. Upon becoming a General Surgeon, he joined Shri Bhausaheb Hire Government Medical College. As a lecturer in surgery at the college, he was bestowed with the Teacher of the Decade Award in 1999.

He continues to pursue his passion for teaching as Hon. Professor in Surgery at the college. Ravi is an exemplary surgeon with social commitment at the heart of his professional practice. He has handled many complicated general surgical cases with ease and saved several lives.

Since 2003, Ravi started taking a proactive role in the initiatives at IMA Dhule. He was instrumental in IMA Dhules proactive participation in providing physical and monetary aid to the victims of Gujarat and Nepal Earthquake, Kashmir Floods, and to the families of martyrs. It was his idea to start Ubhari Abhiyan’, a helping hand from IMA Dhule to the farmers affected by drought and hailstorm. The EVECON-State IMA Women conference was conceived and organized successfully under his leadership in the year 2010. Since then, many state- and national-level programmes such as WEZ AMSCON HOSPEX, Unmesh, Yomedicon (Young Medicos convention), WIMALS-Women IMA Leaders’ Summit, and SHABDANGAN- a Medicos Literary Festival have also been organized.

As a result of his relentless efforts towards making IMA stronger, Dr RAVI WANKHEDKAR was chosen unopposed as the Presidential Candidate for IMA for the year 2017/18.

Ravi runs the Sitaram Hospital at Dhule. He has been instrumental in upgrading the hospital with modern equipment and technology as required, the latest being “DYBSS”- a centre for laser anorectal surgery.

He is also the Founder Coordinator of Mission Pink Health, an ongoing community health project for Adolescent Tribal Girls. More than 25,000 girls have benefitted from this mission thus far.

Ravi also started the SHET SHIVAR DAVAKHANA’, a free clinic at his farm for poor farm workers and labourers.

He has conducted numerous medical camps in remote tribal areas of Satpuda. [AA1] He is associated with many social, medical, sports, and literary organizations.

Ravi also holds the following positions: Hon. Prof. of Surgery, SBH Govt Med Clg, Dhule; National Chairman-IMA Accreditation Council; National Chair-UNESCO Bioethics; ex Member-Maharashtra Medical Council, Govt of Maharashtra, Mumbai; Past National Chairman-IMA Academy Of Medical Specialties; Past National Secretary IMA Hospital Board of India; Member, Govt Anti Quackery committee; Member – Board of Exams, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nasik; President-Dhule District Basketball Association; and Past Director – D S Garud District Public Library.

Apart from his professional commitments, Ravi finds solace in nature. He has completed a basic Mountaineering Course at Manali and undertaken the Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra in 2011.

I wish him all the best in his new role.

Dr KK Aggarwal

National President IMA