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From the Desk of Editor in Chief
Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee

Dr KK Aggarwal
President, Heart Care Foundation of India; Sr Consultant Physician, Cardiologist and Dean Medical Education Moolchand Medcity; Chairman Ethical Committee Delhi Medical Council; Chairman (Delhi Chapter) International Medical Sciences Academy; Hony Director IMA AKN Sinha Institute (08–09); Hony Finance Secretary National IMA (07–08); Chairman IMA Academy of Medical Specialties (06–07); President Delhi Medical Association (05–06), President IMA New Delhi Branch (94–95, 02–04); Editor in Chief IJCP Group of Publications & Hony. Visiting Professor (Clinical Research) DIPSAR


23rd August, 2010, Monday

THE INDIAN MEDICAL COUNCIL (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2010 (Full text see below)

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Commonwealth Games visitors need not worry about dengue?

Foreigners visiting Delhi for Commonwealth Games need not worry even if they get dengue, as most of them will not have any immunity from any previous dengue infection. The first attack of dengue is invariably mild with practically no mortality.

It is a well-known fact that its the secondary dengue which is much more dangerous than primary dengue. Hence, it is imperative that the dengue death phobia must to be removed from the minds of the international travellers, when they visit Delhi during Commonwealth Games. Most of them will need no admission and not even testing.

For all practical purposes, a patient with high grade fever and severe bodyache or eyeache is dengue fever unless proved otherwise and, if the patient has associated platelet counts less than 100,000, has plural effusion on ultrasound or with SGOT > SGPT, he or she has Dengue Hemorrhage Fever.

Dengue Hemorrhage Fever ending up in Dengue Shock Syndrome is invariably always seen in secondary dengue.

There is practically no risk of dengue mortality in international travelers if they end up getting dengue for the first time in life in Delhi in October.

  

How can one die of measles Vaccine anaphylaxis?

 

The Health Ministry ordered a probe after four infants, all below nine months, died near Lucknow on Sunday after they were vaccinated for measles. All of them showed symptoms of a serious allergic reaction which probably caused their deaths.

Why do we have measles vaccination deaths every year?

Anaphylactic reactions to vaccines are rare but potentially life-threatening. These IgE-mediated reactions are most often due to vaccine constituents other than the microbial products. Only rarely, people react to the microbial components of the vaccine.  Symptoms are similar to those of other IgE-mediated reactions and appear within 5 to 30 minutes but may be delayed up to several hours.

There have been reports of allergic reactions to nearly every vaccine, although some vaccines are more commonly implicated, including the vaccines for yellow fever, MMR, tetanus, Japanese encephalitis, and human papillomavirus.

Most anaphylactic reactions to MMR are due to gelatin allergy (not with hydrolyzed gelatin). There is no relation to egg allergy since the vaccine contains no, or a minuscule amount of, egg protein.

You can be allergic to

1. Gelatin: is added to many vaccines as a stabilizer, is responsible for many anaphylactic reactions to MMR, varicella, and Japanese encephalitis vaccines. A history of allergy to the ingestion of gelatin should be sought prior to the administration of any gelatin-containing vaccine.

2. Egg:  Egg protein is present in yellow fever and influenza vaccines and may cause reactions in egg-allergic recipients. A history of allergy to the ingestion of egg, raw or cooked, should be sought prior to giving any egg-containing vaccine.

3. Chicken: Chicken proteins, other than egg, may be present in yellow fever vaccine and may be responsible for reactions in chicken-allergic recipients.

4.  Thimerosal, aluminum, and phenoxyethanol: are added to some vaccines as preservatives and can cause delayed-type hypersensitivity reactions.

5.  Antimicrobials: Several antimicrobials may be added in trace amounts to vaccines, most commonly neomycin, polymyxin B, and streptomycin. Rare patients who have experienced anaphylactic reactions confirmed to be due to these antibiotics should not receive vaccines containing them.

6.  Latex: The "rubber" in vaccine vial stoppers or syringe plungers may be either dry natural rubber latex or synthetic rubber. Latex pose a risk to latex allergic patients, either as a result of liquid vaccine solution extracting latex allergens from the stopper by physical contact, or by passing the needle through the stopper and retaining latex allergen in or on the needle.

7.  Yeast — Hepatitis B and human papillomavirus vaccines contain yeast protein, but adverse reactions to these are rare.

8.  Dextran: is implicated in allergic reactions to a particular brand of MMR previously used in Italy and Brazil.  

 

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Photo Feature (From HCFI File) 

Doctors’ Day is celebrated by Heart Care Foundation of India every year to recognize the service provided by doctors to the society. Their hardwork and contribution is duely acknowleged on this ocsasion.

In the photo: Mr Yoganand Shastri, Late Dr B C Roay National Awardee Dr J J Sood, Padmashri Awardee Dr S K Sama, Padmashri Awardee Dr P K Dave and Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal. 

Dr K K Aggarwal

 

News and Views ( Dr Monica and Dr Brahm Vasudev)

Processed Meats May Increase Bladder CA Risk

High intake of nitrite and nitrate added to processed meats to aid preservation may have an association with bladder cancer. But this association appears to be tentative, say researchers.
In a prospective cohort study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that followed more than 300,000 men and women for seven years, dietary nitrite and nitrate, and nitrite alone, were associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer among individuals with the highest consumption of processed meat but it was of borderline statistical significance. However, consumption of processed meat itself was not associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer. The study is reported in the journal Cancer.

Social Rejection Linked to Inflammation

A new study has suggested that social rejection may be bad for health. The study has linked rejection to increases in inflammatory markers associated with disorders such as asthma, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and depression. The study, conducted in the lab among 124 healthy adults, found a test of social rejection triggered increases in oral levels of two inflammatory markers, Shelley Taylor, PhD, and colleagues at the University of California Los Angeles reported the results of their study online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Further testing in 31 of those participants found that one of the two inflammatory markers was associated with greater activity in brain regions linked to processing rejection–related distress.

New Estimates of the Global Population at Risk of Plasmodium Vivax Malaria

A new evidence–based global distribution map of Plasmodium vivax malaria, published August 3 in the journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, is used to estimate that 2.85 billion people lived at risk of infection with this parasite in 2009.

Pilot Safety Protocol Could Help Dentists Reduce Errors

Pilots and dentists have more in common than one might think: Both jobs are highly technical and require teamwork. Both are subject to human error where small, individual mistakes may lead to catastrophe if not addressed early. A dental professor at the University of Michigan and two pilot–dentists believe that implementing a checklist of safety procedures in dental offices similar to procedures used in airlines can drastically reduce human errors.

 

Legal Column

Forensic Column: Dr Sudhir Gupta, Associate Professor, Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, AIIMS

WMA declaration of Malta on hunger strikers – Guidelines for medical management

Force or use of physical restraints is a form of inhuman and degrading treatment.

If no discussion with the individual is possible and no advance instructions exist, physicians have to act in what they judge to be the person’s best interests. This means considering the hunger strikers’ previously expressed wishes, their personal and cultural values as well as their physical health.

  • In the absence of any evidence of hunger strikers’ former wishes, physicians should decide whether or not to provide feeding, without interference from third parties.

  • Physicians may consider it justifiable to go against advance instructions refusing treatment because, for example, the refusal is thought to have been made under duress.

  • If, after resuscitation and having regained their mental faculties, hunger strikers continue to reiterate their intention to fast, that decision should be respected.

  • It is ethical to allow a person/determined hunger striker to die in dignity rather than submit that person to repeated interventions against his or her will.

  • Artificial feeding can be ethically appropriate if competent hunger strikers agree to it. It can also be acceptable if incompetent individuals have left no unpressured advance instructions refusing it.

  • Forcible feeding is never ethically acceptable. Even if intended to benefit, feeding accompanied by threats, coercion, force or use of physical restraints is a form of inhuman and degrading treatment.

  • Equally unacceptable is the forced feeding of some detainees in order to intimidate or coerce other hunger strikers to stop fasting.
 

Experts’ Views

Interesting Tips in Hepatology & Gastroenterology: Dr. Neelam Mohan, Director Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Liver Transplantation Medanta Medicity

Chronic Pancreatitis: Imaging Studies

Endoscopic Retrograde Pancreatography (ERP)

In the absence of tissue confirmation, ERP is considered the most sensitive and specific test for diagnosis of chronic pancreatitis, with sensitivity and specificity in earlier reports approaching 90-100% respectively.

  • In mild or early disease, findings include dilations and irregularity of the smaller ducts and branches of pancreatic duct.

  • In more moderate disease, these changes are found in main pancreatic duct as well.

  • Tortuosity, stricture, calcification and cysts may also be seen as disease becomes more severe.
Question of the day

What are the common misconceptions about diet in diabetes mellitus? (Ms. Sonal V Modi)

A person with diabetes cannot consume rice

Generally, the rice available in the market is a processed and polished white rice which is usually devoid of micronutrients (vitamin and minerals) and fiber. As a caution, most people with diabetes are asked to avoid this type of rice as it tends to increase the blood glucose levels considerably as compared to parboiled rice or brown rice. Hence, one can opt for the latter in prescribed amounts in the diet.

 

Public Forum (Press Release for use by the newspapers)

All U.S. adults could be overweight in 40 years:  India to follow same pattern

Two–thirds of the American population is already overweight and if the trends of the past three decades continue, it’s possible that every American adult could be overweight 40 years from now, said Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India, BSNL Dil ka Darbar & MTNL Perfect Health Mela.

Urban India is no different. Already, over two–third selected population in urban India is showing the same trend.

These projections are published in the journal Obesity and are based on government survey data collected between the 1970s and 2004.

If the trends of those years continue, 86 percent of American adults will be overweight by 2030, with an obesity rate of 51 percent. By 2048, all U.S. adults could be at least mildly overweight.

Waistlines aren’t the only thing poised to balloon in the future. The healthcare costs directly related to excess pounds will double each decade.

The findings highlight a need for widespread efforts to improve lifestyles of the Americans and keep their weight in check, according to the researchers. Simply telling people to eat less and exercise more is not enough.

Broader social changes are needed as well, such as making communities more pedestrian–friendly so that people can walk regularly, or getting the food industry to offer healthier, calorie–conscious choices.

 

Conference Calendar

HIV Science 2010
3rd Annual Symposium "HIV Science 2010"

Date: August 30 – 31, 2010
Venue: Vigyan Auditorium, (CSIR) Campus, Taramani, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

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An Inspirational Story

Today is a new day!

Each of us aspires to become more. Each of us wants to improve ourselves in some way. Our chance has come! It is time to seize this opportunity to transform ourselves. The time has come to harness the blessed power within us and to use it to transcend from our current existence into a more empowered reality.

What will you do with this moment? It is this, and only this, moment that is yours. What shall be of the fruit of this moment? Will you seize it and empower yourself with its juices? Or will you let this fruitful moment spoil and gamble that you will receive another?

The power found in this moment is immeasurable. It can propel you to success and happiness or chain you to failure and misery. Which would you rather? Haven’t you had this choice before? Which did you choose? We all know that our lives can change in a flash – in a moment. We have become accustomed to being a victim of a moment.

Today is your opportunity to break free of the limiting belief that the moment answers to no one. This moment is yours and yours alone! Take charge, seize this moment and allow it to propel you to the high levels of an empowered life. Allow upon this fertile moment to be planted the seeds of your happiness and success.

Today is a new day…Seize this moment!

 

IJCP Special

Dr Good Dr Bad

Situation: A patient was on rapid weight loss program.
Dr Bad: Go ahead.
Dr Good: Add UDCA.
Lesson: As weight loss may increase the likelihood of gallstones, UDCA is often added when the weight loss is more than 1 – 1.5 kgs per week.

Make Sure

Situation: A patient missed his second dose of Hepatitis B vaccine and developed Hepatitis B.
Reaction: Oh my God! Why was the vaccine not given between 1–2 months?
Lesson: Make sure that all patients who missed their second dose of vaccine at one month are given the same upto second month (1–2 months).

Quote of the Day

William Arthur …"Opportunities are like sunrises, if you wait too long you can miss them ".

Asthma Alert

Technique for use of a metered dose inhaler (MDI, non powder)

  • Shake canister vigorously for 5 seconds.
  • Uncap mouthpiece and check for loose objects in the device.
  • Insert MDI into spacer. Hold the MDI upright with the index finger on the top of the medication canister and the thumb supporting the bottom of the inhaler. You may need to use the other hand to hold the spacer.
  • Breathe out normally.
  • Close lips around spacer. For spacers that have a mask, hold the mask snugly to the face. If no spacer is available, close lips around mouthpiece or position it about 4 cm from the mouth.
  • Keep tongue away from the spacer opening or mouthpiece.
  • Press down the top of the medication canister with the index finger to release the medication. At the same time as the canister is pressed, inhale deeply and slowly through the mouth until the lungs are completely filled; this should take four to six seconds.
  • Hold the medication in the lungs as long as possible (4 to 10) seconds before exhaling. If using a spacer, you may inhale a second time and hold the breath if needed.
  • If you need a second puff is needed, wait approximately 15 to 30 seconds between puffs, or long enough to perform the next inhalation properly. Shake canister again before use.
  • Recap mouthpiece.
  • Rinse your mouth with water after using an inhaled steroid, and spit the water out rather than swallowing it.
 

International Medical Science Academy (IMSA) Update

Valproic acid monotherapy in pregnancy and major congenital malformations

A case–control study using the European Surveillance of Congenital Anomalies database (registering a combined total of 98,075 major congenital malformations) confirmed that valproic acid is associated with an increased risk for several congenital malformations compared to no AED use and compared to other AED use.

Reference

1. Jentink J, Loane MA, Dolk H,  et al. Valproic acid monotherapy in pregnancy and major congenital malformations. New Engl J Med 2010;362:2185–93.

 

Drug Update

List of Approved drugs from 01.01.2010 TO 30.4.2010

Drug Name

Indication

DCI Approval Date

Olopatadine 5mg + Ambroxol 30mg tablets

For the management of cough in adult patients only

5/3/2010

 

Medi Finance

Q. What will be the consequence for non–compliance of provisions of Income Tax Act?

Ans. Doctor will be liable to penalties. But if he gives reasonable cause for the default made, then he may not be liable to penalties.

 

Lab Test (Dr Arpan Gandhi and Dr Navin Dang)

Gastrin

To detect an overproduction of gastrin, to help diagnose Zollinger–Ellison syndrome, and to monitor for recurrence of a gastrin–producing tumor (gastrinoma)

 

Mind Teaser

Read this………………

If you already found the C yesterday, now find the 6 below.

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(Contributed by Vivek Kumar)

The answer for yesterday’s Mind Teasure: "7th row , 20th letter"

Correct answers received from: Dr Ashok Wasan, Dr Chandresh Jardosh, Dr.R.K.Goel, Dr Anurag Jain, Dr Rawat Purushottam Singh, Dr.Ghanshyam A. Umre, Dr. Susheela Gupta, Dr Sukanta Sen, Dr N P Singh ( Nanu), Dr R S Bajaj, Dr Virender Prakash Gautam, Dr. H.L. Kapoor, Dr. Ashok Kumar 
 

Correct answers received for 21st August Puzzle from: Dr Simran Singh, Dr. Joginder Pal Manocha, Dr Kamlesh Kanodia, Dr Shashi Chhabra, Dr. Anuj K. Goyal, Dr Arun a Tyagi, Dr. Akshat Bhargava, Dr.Satish Gunawant, Smt Rashmi Sinha, dr. anupam sethi malhotra

Send your answer to ijcp12@gmail.com

 

Humor Section

Humor

The Obedient Wife

There was a man, who had worked all his life, had saved all of his money, And was a real ‘WISER’ when it came to his money.

Just before he died, he said to his wife…‘When I die, I want you to take all my money and put it in the casket with me. I want to take my money to the afterlife with me.’

And so he got his wife to promise him, with all of her heart, that when he died, she would put all of the money into the casket with him.

Well, he died.

He was stretched out in the casket, his wife was sitting there – dressed in black, and her friend was sitting next to her. When they finished the ceremony, and just before the undertakers got ready to close the casket, the wife said, ‘Wait just a moment!’

She had a small metal box with her; she came over with the box and put it in the casket. Then the undertakers locked the casket down and they rolled it away.

So her friend said, ‘Girl, I know you were not foolish enough to put all that money in there with your husband.’

The loyal wife replied,‘Listen, I cannot go back on my word. I promised him that I was going to put that money into the casket with him.’

You mean to tell me you put that money in the casket with him!

‘I sure did,’ said the wife.

‘I got it all together, put it into my account, and wrote him a cheque…
If he can cash it, then he can spend it.’

This is for every clever female, and to every man who thinks they are smarter than women!!!

(Contributed by Nalini Kamalini)

  Readers Responses
  1. Dear editor in your article on expiry medicines under the heading of facts it is very wrongly mentioned that eye and ear medicines should not be used after two weeks. In fact all eye drops can be very safely used for one month after opening it taking care that nozzle is not touched and it is not kept open and in hot place. In fact as nearly all drops are available in plastic container there is a strong feeling amongst we eye specialists that it can be used for a longer period than one month.Thanks Dr, J,S.Chilana

     
  2. The observations regarding H1N1 epidemic are very reassuring.Why  was hype created in the first place? This is what shatters the confidence of the people and creates a massive panic and hysteria.Shall we conclude that market forces drive the direction of research to rake in billions in shortest possible time?.Your efforts are praiseworthy,I eagerly look forward to going through the newsletter before leaving for work especially it is helpful to me as I also get general practice patients. With regards KK. Dr.Prof H.L. Kapoor

     
  3. Dear Dr.Aggarwal, I find emedicinenews very useful and well compiled. I would like to complement your team. Specifically I would like to know your views on the 'use of statins in women and whether statins can be used for years as primary prevention in people with borderline dyslipidemia', also your views on the use of low dose aspirin in the general population as a primary prevetion approach. Dr.K.Raghu ( Statins in borderline cases i personally will not use and will use aspirin only in high risk cases)

     
  4. sir, your advise on h1n1 will save lot of hard earned patient's money. ashok Gupta

     
  5. Dear Dr Aggarwal, Thank you for the articles. They are interesting and I wait for the emedinews every day. Can you post something on legal issues related to DNR, LAMA, who can sign a death certificate in case of a natural death at home. There was a recent case of a child dying in a major hospital in the ICU, but the hospital refused to take off the ventilator despite request by parents. Finally they handed over the baby saying that the heart was still functioning and they should take the child to a hospital. Pupils were dilated fixed and there was no EEG activity. Child was brought home. Thereafter I saw the parents running around from one hospital to another in the middle of the night to obtain a certificate and every hospital ER refused to give the certificate to thre parents in distress. Is a family physician entitled to write a death certificate in case of a natural death and what should the format be Regards. Dr Samir Dwivedi (Brain death is official death in India and you can take the ventilator out; DNR unfortunately is not a law and one needs to take decisions on case to case basis taking all the legal heirs in confidance)


AS INTRODUCED IN LOK SABHA:
THE INDIAN MEDICAL COUNCIL (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2010
(A BILL further to amend the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956)

BE it enacted by Parliament in the Sixty-first Year of the Republic of India as follows:—

1. (1) This Act may be called the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Act, 2010.

(2) It shall be deemed to have come into force on the 15th day of the May, 2010.

2. After section 3 of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 (hereinafter referred to as the principal Act), the following sections shall be inserted, namely:—

'3A. (1) On and from the date of commencement of the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Act, 2010, the Council shall stand superseded and the President, Vice- President and other members of the Council shall vacate their offices and shall have no claim for any compensation, whatsoever.

(2) The Council shall be reconstituted in accordance with the provisions of section 3 within a period of one year from the date of supersession of the Council under sub-section (1).

(3) Upon the supersession of the Council under sub-section (1) and until a new

Council is constituted in accordance with section 3, the Board of Governors constituted under sub-section (4) shall exercise the powers and perform the functions of the Council under this Act.

4. The Central Government shall, by notification in the Official Gazette, constitute the Board of Governors which shall consist of not more than seven persons as its members, who shall be persons of eminence and of unimpeachable integrity in the fields of medicine and medical education, and who may be either nominated members or members, ex officio, to be appointed by the Central Government, one of whom shall be named by the Central Government as the Chairperson of the Board of Governors.

(5) The Chairperson and the other members, other than the members, ex officio, shall be entitled to such sitting fee and travelling and other allowances as may be determined by the Central Government.

(6) The Board of Governors shall meet at such time and places and shall observe such rules of procedure in regard to the transaction of business at its meetings as is applicable to the Council.

(7) Two-third of the members of the Board of Governors shall constitute the quorum for its meetings.

(8) No act or proceedings of the Board of Governors shall be invalid merely by reason of— (a) any vacancy in, or any defect in the constitution of, the Board of Governors; or (b) any irregularity in the procedure of the Board of Governors not affecting the merits of the case.

(9) A member having any financial or other interest in any matter coming before the Board of Governors for decision shall disclose his interest in the matter before he may, if allowed by the Board of Governors, participate in such proceedings.

(10) The Chairperson and the other members of the Board of Governors shall hold office during the pleasure of the Central Government.

3B. During the period when the Council stands superseded,—

(a) the provisions of this Act shall be construed as if for the word "Council", the words "Board of Governors" were substituted;

(b) the Board of Governors shall—

(i) exercise the powers and discharge the functions of the Council under this Act and for this prupose, the provisions of this Act shall have effect subject to the modification that references therein to the Council shall be construed as references to the Board of Governors;

(ii) grant independently permission for establishment of new medical colleges or opening a new or higher course of study or training or increase in admission capacity in any course of study or training referred to in section 10A or giving the person or college concerned a reasonable opportunity of being heard as provided under section 10A without prior permission of the Central Government under that section, including exercise of the power to finally approve or disapprove the same; and

(iii) dispose of the matters pending with the Central Government under section 10A upon receipt of the same from it.

3C. (1) Without prejudice to the provisions of this Act, the Board of Governors or the Council after its reconstitution shall, in exercise of its powers and in the performance of its functions under this Act, be bound by such directions on questions of policy, other than those relating to technical and administrative matters, as the Central Government may give in writing to it from time to time:

Provided that the Board of Governors or the Council after its reconstitution shall, as far as practicable, be given an opportunity to express its views before any direction is given under this sub-section.

(2) The decision of the Central Government whether a question is a matter of policy or not shall be final.'.

3. (1) The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2010, is hereby repealed.

(2) Notwithstanding the repeal of the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2010, anything done or any action taken under the principal Act, as amended by the said Ordinance, shall be deemed to have been done or taken under the principal Act, as amended by this Act.

STATEMENT OF OBJECTS AND REASONS

The Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 was enacted to provide for the reconstitution of the Medical Council of India and the maintenance of a Medical Register for India and for matters connected therewith. The Council's main function is to make recommendations to the Central Government in matters of recognition of medical qualifications, determining the courses of study and examinations required to obtain such qualifications, inspection of examinations and maintenance of register of medical practitioners, etc. Certain recent developments in the functioning of Medical Council of India affecting the standards of medical education, recognition of medical institutions, etc., have shaken the confidence of the general public in the functioning of the Medical Council necessitating urgent remedial measures. However, it is found that the Act does not contain any enabling provision for taking over the powers of the President of the Council or superseding the Council in case of necessity. It has, therefore, been considered necessary to entrust the affairs of the Medical Council of India to a Board of Governors consisting of eminent doctors till such time the Council is reconstituted or altogether a new body like the National Council for Human

Resources in Health as an over arching regulatory body is established by suitable legislation. Some more time is required to examine and harmonize the different views, and come up with an implementable and feasible model that has the consensus of all stakeholders.

2. In the circumstances explained above, immediate steps were required to be taken to put in place a Board of Governors to exercise the powers and discharge the functions of the Medical Council of India bringing in transparency and accountability in carrying out the functions of the Council. Hence, it has been decided to supersede the Indian Medical Council and to appoint a Board of Governors to remain functional for a period of one year or until the

Indian Medical Council is reconstituted, whichever is earlier. It has also been decided to empower the Central Government to issue policy directives to the Board of Governors or the Council, as the case may be.

3. As Parliament was not in session and urgent legislation was required to be made, the President promulgated the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2010 on the 15th May, 2010.

4. The Bill seeks to replace the aforesaid Ordinance.

NEW DELHI; GHULAM NABI AZAD.

The 26th July, 2010.

FINANCIAL MEMORANDUM

Clause 2 of the Bill seeks to insert new sections 3A, 3B and 3C in the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956. The proposed new section 3A inter alia provides for constitution of a Board of Governors consisting of not more than seven members in place of the Medical Council of India for a period of one year or till the Council is reconstituted, whichever is earlier. The Chairperson and other members, other than ex officio members, of the Board of Governors shall be entitled to such sitting fee and other allowances as may be determined by the Central Government. It is expected that such expenditure on sitting fee and travelling and other allowances would be minimal and will be met from the funds of the Medical Council of

India. Further, as the expenditure would depend on the number of meetings of the Board of Governors during the current financial year, i.e., 2010-11, recurring or non-recurring expenditure cannot be anticipated at this stage.

LOK SABHA

A BILL further to amend the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956.

 (Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Minister of Health and Family Welfare)

 

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5th September: 3 PM to 5 PM – A dialogue with His Holiness Dalai Lama at C 599 Defence Colony Acharya Sushil Ashram in association with Acharya Sushil Muni Ahimsa Peace Award Trust

26 th September: Sunday- BSNL Dil ka Darbar A day-long interaction with top cardiologists of the city. 8 AM - 5 PM at MAMC Auditorium, Delhi Gate.

17th MTNL Perfect Health Mela 2010 Events: Venue: NDMC Ground Laxmi Bai Nagar, New Delhi

24th October, Sunday: Perfect Health Darbar, Interaction with top Medical experts of the city from 8 AM to 5 PM
30th October, Saturday: eMedinewS Update from 8 AM to 5 PM
29th October, Friday: Divya Jyoti Inter Nursing College/ School Competitions/ Culture Hungama
30th October, Saturday: Medico Masti Inter Medical College Cultural festival from 4 PM to
10 PM
31st October, 2010, Sunday: Perfect Health Darbar, An interaction with top Cardiologists

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