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6th September, 2017
IMA writes an open letter to the PM on induction of Mr Anant K Hegde in the Union Cabinet

Dr KK Aggarwal, National President IMA
Violence against doctors is occurring with increasing frequency in India. Enactment of a stringent central act against violence making violence against doctors a non-bailable offense punishable with up to 14 years imprisonment on the lines of abatement of a murder is one of our major demands. This was also a recommendation of the inter-ministerial committee formed more than two years back, which is yet to be implemented.
 
The perpetrators of such violent attacks against doctors are not only relatives/friends of the patients, but unfortunately VVIPs too, such as MPs, who are representatives of people and therefore also representatives of their concerns and problems in the Parliament.
 
Earlier this year, Mr Anant Kumar Hegde, a member of parliament from Karnataka allegedly assaulted hospital staff including doctors at a private hospital in Sirsi, Karnataka over an alleged delay in treating his mother. This incident was caught in the CCTV, on the basis of which, the Sirsi police registered a suo motu case against the MP. But, neither the CCTV footage has not been put on FIR record nor have statements of doctors have been recorded.
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IMA honors principals from Delhi/NCR schools on Teacher's Day
The Association stressed on the importance of doctors as teachers/educators and their role in imparting health education to the masses

New Delhi, 05 September 2017: As a mark of respect to the noble profession and for their distinguished service in the field of education, the IMA and HCFI honored 32 principals from schools in Delhi/NCR on Teacher's Day. The awards were presented by 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. Among the 32 school principals awarded included those from Air Force Bal Bharti School, Maharaja Agrasen Public School, DAV Public School, and Saraswati Bal Mandir, and many others.
 
The IMA also organized its second Aao School Chalen programme on the same day in different schools in and around Delhi. The theme for the month is 'fighting obesity at a young age'. This campaign stands testimony to the fact that doctors are also educators.
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