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2nd February 2017
Budget Reactions
 
Two new AIIMS, 5,000 new PG medical seats per annum, action plans for elimination of diseases like Kala Azar, Filariasis and Tuberculosis (TB), Safe Water for areas affected by fluoride and arsenic, transformation of 1.5 lakh health  subcenters into  Health and Wellness centers, separate health cards for elderly,  Rs.6,000/- aid for every pregnant women, accreditation of colleges and promoting health care indirectly by increasing budget for road safety, agricultural, rural health and Swachh Bharat, the current budget is a step forward for improving the health care of society. But still more could have been done. 

 While the proposal to set up two new AIIMS in Gujarat and Jharkhand is a positive development, IMA wants an AIIMS in every state and an overall increase in the budget allocation to 2% of GDP to cover 80% of population who do not avail government health services.

This year's budget makes a commitment towards structural regulatory reforms in medical practice and education as well as digital health. Though more focus could have been given to R&D in healthcare, many of the provisions are worth a mention and a step in the right direction.

In a move to widen the availability of essential drugs across India, an Amendment to the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules has been proposed. This will ensure availability of medicines at reasonable prices and also help people get access to life-saving medicines. New norms will also be formulated for the medical devices sector in order to reduce the cost of such devices and encourage investments.
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World Anti Leprosy day: IMA Anti-Leprosy Movement
  • Leprosy (Hansen's disease) is an infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae that involves the skin and peripheral nerves.
  • Early diagnosis and a full course of treatment are critical for preventing lifelong neuropathy and disability.
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NEXT in the line of fire: IMA stages National Protest 

IMA calls the test as unfit for medical profession and medical fraternity at large; stands by thousands of students
 
February 1 2017, New Delhi: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, through the Medical Council of India (MCI) has proposed some amendments in the Indian Medical Council (IMC) Act to introduce "National Exit Test (NEXT)" for becoming Medical Graduates (MBBS). "These proposed amendments for introduction of NEXT, a common Exit test for all MBBS students are not in the interest of medical profession in particular and health of the society at large", said Padma Shri Awardee, Dr K K Aggarwal, National President, IMA and Dr R N Tandon, Honorary Secretary General, IMA in a joint statement issued here today.
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