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9th June, 2017
Criminal prosecution in medical profession is unwarranted

Gurgaon: Six doctors of Artemis hospital booked for medical negligence
 
TNN, June 6, 2017
 
Gurgaon: Three doctors of Artemis Hospital including the CEO, medical director and medical superintendent of the hospital were booked for medical negligence by the police based on the complaint of the husband of a patient who died in the hospital in August last year after undergoing treatment in it for two months... He filed a complaint with Sector 50 police station, alleging negligence in October 2016, who forwarded it to PGIMS Rohtak for verification. A report was submitted by a board of doctors from PGIMS Rohtak on May 25, 2017, based on which the FIR was registered under Section 304A (death by negligence). 
 
 
This news only adds to the rising number of cases of criminal prosecution of doctors.
 
Under section 304 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), it is first important to establish criminal intent (mens rea) or that the doctor had the 'knowledge' that the treatment could harm but did not take the necessary informed consent.
 
Section 304 cannot be applied to doctor on these grounds because as doctors we are bound by the principles of bioethics namely, beneficence (benefit of others) and non-maleficence (do no harm). 
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Childhood obesity on the rise among Indian children
India records about 10 million cases of childhood obesity annually

New Delhi, 08 June 2017: According to a study published in an international journal called Paediatric Obesity, India will have over 17 million obese children by 2025. The country will also be second among 184 countries in terms of the number of obese children. Childhood obesity is one of the leading causes of diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol among children today. Research also indicates that about 70% of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
 
Childhood obesity is a condition where a child is overweight in comparison to his or her age and height. Statistics say that there are about 10 million cases of childhood obesity in India annually.
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