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5th August, 2017
Doctors and hospitals should be governed by a common code of conduct
Recently, hoardings "Honest Opinion, No Commission to Doctors" put up by the Asian Heart Institute in Mumbai generated a lot of controversy, with many criticising it as casting a negative shadow over the entire profession.
Giving and accepting Rebates and Commission are unethical in the medical profession as laid down in the MCI Code of Ethics under Regulations 1.7, 6.1.1, 6.4 and 7.19,.
"1.7 Exposure of Unethical Conduct: A Physician should expose, without fear or favour, incompetent or corrupt, dishonest or unethical conduct on the part of members of the profession.
6.1 Advertising: Soliciting of patients directly or indirectly, by a physician, by a group of physicians or by institutions or organizations is unethical (6.1.1).
Dr KK Aggarwal
National President IMA & HCFI
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New Delhi, 04 August, 2017: According to a recently conducted study, about 73% of the Indian diet is protein deficient with the deficiency more alarming in a vegetarian diet. About 84% of the vegetarian diet is low on protein compared to 64% in the case of a non-vegetarian diet. Protein is one of the most misunderstood and underestimated nutrients in the Indian scenario, says IMA. Additionally, about 93% Indians have no knowledge of an ideal protein intake. 
Protein is one the fundamental nutrients required by the human body. The recommended dietary allowance for protein is 1 gram per kg of body weight and our body needs this nutrient to meet the requirement of amino acid. However, the requirement varies with the activity level and also during pregnancy.
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