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29th February 2016
Editorial (Dr S S Agarwal, Dr K K Aggarwal)
Some Important Judgements in Cardiology
  • "In view of the fact that entire basis of complaint was that only two stents have been implanted instead of three stents, as claimed by EHIRC, and since it was been established on record from the opinion given by AIIMS after reviewing the CD that three stents were implanted, ... this petition is to be allowed...” (Dr. T. S. Kler vs Govt. of NCT of Delhi & Anr. on 23 February, 2011, High Court of Delhi, W.P. (Crl.) 725 of 2007 with Crl. M.A. 6199 of 2007 % 23.02.2011)
  • It has come on the record that the complainant was having blockage of multiple vessels due to diffuse atherosclerotic disease and dyslipidemia…It has also come on the record that the complainant had been taking treatment from different doctors and hospitals. Thus, the opposite parties cannot be blamed for any kind of medical negligence and deficiency in service. No case for interference in the impugned order in dismissing the complaint is made out.” (State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission; R.R. Sharma Son of Late Sh. Bal vs Metro Heart Institute And Metro on 13 August, 2012)
  • "… a person with heart problem should have not been allowed to go in a private car and ambulance with all life saving equipments should have been provided by the doctor,…, just to show the bonafide and concern that the serious patient reaches the tertiary hospital, where his ailment could be managed.” (Sher Singh vs Grewal Hospital on 19 December, 2012: 2nd Bench: State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, Punjab; First Appeal No.541 of 2012). In similar conditions in "Smt. Indrani Bhattacharjee Vs Chief Medical Officer, Farakka Super Thermal Power Project & Ors.", 2007(2) CPC-370(NC), the commission had held the doctor liable.  
  • "… The respondent has been paid at the admissible rate in AIIMS but claims the difference between what is paid and what is admissible rate at Escort. Looking to the facts and circumstances of this Case we hold that the respondent in SLP (C) No. 11968/97 is entitled to be paid the difference amount of what is paid and what is the rate admissible in Escorts then. The same should be paid within one month from today.  We make it clear reimbursement to the respondents as approved by us be not treated as precedent but has been given on the facts and circumstances of these cases.” (Supreme Court of India; State of Punjab & Ors vs Ram Lubhaya Bagga Etc. on 26 February, 1998)
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Press Release
Health and the Union Budget 2016 – IMA’s suggestions
New Delhi, February 28, 2016: “Ensuring its citizens health and well-being is of uttermost importance for a government and we at the Indian Medical Association strongly believe that the time has come to increase the public expenditure on health from the current level of 1.2% GDP to at least 5%. The government must also ensure that a minimum of 55% of health budget is spent on primary, 35 percent on secondary and a maximum of 10 percent on tertiary care services as against the current levels of 49%, 22% and 28% respectively. Separate funds should be allocated for national disease control programs. Presently these programs cover only 15% of disease burden. Lifestyle diseases, re-emerging communicable diseases, health problems of the elderly, mental health, rare diseases, orphan drugs, etc. should receive adequate funds”, said Dr S S Agarwal, National President IMA & Padma Shri Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, President HCFI and Honorary Secretary General IMA.
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IMA Polio Dates
  • April 1st: tOPV would not be available after this date.
  • April 11th: bOPV would be available in private market but it is not to be opened or used before 25th April.
  • April 25: IMA Polio Switch Day, when tOPV would be completely withdrawn and replaced by bOPV in both routine immunization and polio campaigns.
  • 9th May: IMA National Validation Day when India would be declared free of tOPV. 

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