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6th June, 2017
Straight from the Heart
The time has come to show our solidarity to the cause of the medical profession
Dear Colleague

The time has come to show our solidarity to the cause of the medical profession. When I began my tenure as IMA National President, I gave a slogan "IMA 1 Voice" and I feel that today  will show the entire nation that IMA does speak in “One voice”.
 
IMA has 8 lakh practicing or serving medical doctors in the country. One percent of this is 8000. According to the 100th monkey phenomenon, 1% of the collective consciousness of people decides what 99% will do. Sixty thousand IMA members have already signed the petition, which is 7.5% of medical professionals... way above the required critical mass (of 1%).
 
This shows that the entire medical profession is concerned about the atrocities on the profession and that they are not allowed to work in a fearless atmosphere.
 
All these years we have been practicing individual patient-centric medicine using all social determinants of  health and prescribing drugs, investigations and deciding on a line of treatment based on the interests of the individual patient.
 
But now we are being forced to follow outdated standard treatment guidelines formulated by “experts” with possible no experience of working in the private sector. 
 
We are being forced to write drugs, the quality of which will be decided by pharmacists and follow a line of management based on non-practical guidelines.
 
We are also being forced to charge a fixed fee decided by the government. This ignores the seniority and acumen of the doctor. We are also given targets by many private hospitals and government setups.
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