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25th November 2016
BMJ reports Satyagraha
 
Doctors protest against bill to dissolve the Medical Council of India
BMJ 2016; 355 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i6259 (Published 22 November 2016)
Priyanka Pulla

 
Around 270 000 doctors across India took to the streets on 16 November to protest against the newly proposed National Medical Commission bill which seeks to dissolve the Medical Council of India (MCI) and replace it with a body of 20 members who would be nominated by the government.(1)
 
K K Aggarwal, the president elect of the Indian Medical Association, told The BMJ that the association was strongly opposed to the idea of a regulatory body with no elected members, and with members from fields other than medicine.(2)
 
In March this year a parliamentary panel urged the government to dismantle the Medical Council of India, saying that it could no longer be trusted with its responsibilities in view of its "massive failures."(3) It also said that the council had not done enough to tackle corruption in the medical profession. It recommended that a new regulatory agency be established and a draft bill creating a 20 member National Medical Commission, a new apex body for medical education, was published in August.(1)
 
The Indian Medical Association wants to retain the current structure of the MCI-with two thirds of the body elected and one third nominated-Aggarwal said. "They can't replace a 130 member body with a 20 member body that is completely nominated," he said, equating the action with dissolving the Indian parliament and replacing it with a group of nominated members.
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There is a significant correlation between type 2 diabetes mellitus and obesity, especially in older individuals. Awareness needs to be raised about these comorbidities and how they affect each other.

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