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12th December, 2017
Straight from the Heart: Team IMA Initiatives with MCI

IMA HQs Mediation, Conciliation & Grievances Redressal Cell (IMA-MCGRC)

  1. Finalized Indian Medical Services draft suggestions to the Govt. of India passed by CWC IMA and GBM of MCI.
  2. As per MCI Ethic Regulations 8.6, professional incompetence shall be judged by peer group as per guidelines prescribed by the MCI. But these guidelines were never made. IMA and MCI finalized these guidelines, passed by CWC IMA and GBM of MCI.
  3. In its judgment in Jacob Mathew vs State of Punjab & Anr on 5 August, 2005, the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India directed Statutory Rules or Executive Instructions incorporating certain guidelines to be framed and issued by the Government of India and/or the State Governments in consultation with the MCI regarding prosecution of doctors for offences of which criminal rashness or criminal negligence is an ingredient. MOH wrote to MCI to make a task force to make recommendations involving IMA. IMA and MCI has framed these guidelines and passed by CWC IMA and GBM of MCI.
  4. In Parmanand Kataria vs Union of India clarification in MCI General Body Meeting, it was submitted that Evidence Act should also be so amended as to provide that the Doctor's diary maintained in regular course by him in respect of the accident cases would be accepted by the courts in evidence without insisting the doctors being present to prove the same or subject himself to cross-examination/harassment for long period of time.” MCI-IMA task force has framed these guidelines, which have been passed by CWC IMA and GBM of MCI.
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The Indian Medical Association announces bold steps aimed at restoring faith in doctors and the medical profession
Proposes certain self-regulatory procedures for doctors and hospitals to adopt
New Delhi, 11 December 2017: The Indian Medical Association (IMA), the largest voluntary organization of Doctors of Modern Scientific Medicine today announced certain self-regulation procedures for hospitals and doctors. This comes in light of the recent incidents involving the lives of a pair of twins, and a 7-year-old girl. The doctor-patient trust in the country, which was already experiencing a downward spiral, has deteriorated further. Doctors, hospitals, the health industry, patients, media, and politicians all are unhappy. Doctors do not have the intent to be the cause for public unrest or loss of public trust. At the same time patients must understand that to err is human and one incident does not mean that there will be more such cases in future as well.
Trust is the foundation of a doctor and patient relationship. The medical profession is undergoing certain changes. While violence against doctors is on the rise and they are being held accountable, at times, for deeds not committed, it is also true that there is some introspection needed on the part of doctors and hospitals, failing which this trust may take a long time to reestablish.
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