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6th April, 2017
 
Clinical Establishment Act: IMA View Points 
 
As passed in the President and Secretaries Meet and National Action Committee Meeting and approved by the National President on 1st and 2nd April 2017
 
1. Inter-Ministerial Committee points
 
  • Clarifications on the Report of the Committee finalized on 30.3.2016
  • Committee was constituted under the Chairmanship of Additional Secretary (Health) to examine the issues raised by Indian Medical Association (IMA). Accordingly, three (3) consecutive meetings of all Members of the Committee were held on 8.12.2015, 5.1.2016 and 30.3.2016.  The Committee finalized its report on 30.3.2016.
  • Further, to clarify certain issues raised by IMA, a meeting under Chairmanship of AS&MD (NHM) was held on 8.11.2016 and under the Chairmanship of AS (H) on 23.12.2016.
  • The issues raised by IMA have been discussed in detail and following decisions were taken:
2. IMA is for decriminalization of medical practice. The penal provision in practice should only be applied when there is mens rea and clear cut intent on the part of the doctor to harm.
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Depression, severe mental illness and loneliness are not heart friendly

New Delhi 05th April, 2017: Depression, severe mental illness and loneliness are linked to heart disease and dementia, said Padma Shri Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, National President Indian Medical Association (IMA) and President Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) and Dr RN Tandon-Honorary Secretary General IMA. 

A 3-year study by Dr Jesse Stewart, formerly of the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine found a correlation between depression and hardening of the arteries.
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