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There are some of the ethics laid down by the Indian medical Council for doctors practicing in India as follows:
The prime object of the medical profession is to render service to humanity; reward or financial gain should be of secondary consideration. A physician shall uphold the dignity and honor of his profession. Whosoever chooses his profession accepts the obligation to conduct himself in accordance with its ideals. A physician should be an upright man, instructed in the art of healings. He shall keep himself pure in character and be diligent in caring for the sick; he should be modest, sober, patient, prompt in discharging his duty without anxiety; conducting himself with propriety in his profession and in all the actions of his life.
Doctors in the medical profession seem to have forgotten the ethics and responsibilities which they swore upon while attaining their degrees.
The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Maharashtra police has arrested a doctor from Sangli district of Maharashtra for demanding and accepting Rs 30 bribe from a patient. The incident happened in the Kurlap village of Sangli district where Dr Nitin Chivate who was the medical officer of the Kurlap primary health center which is run by the government was arrested on Friday.
On Wednesday, according to the complaint made by a villager, Dr Chivate would demand Rs 30 as bribe to diagnose ill patients and Rs 100 for a saline to be injected to any patient visiting the primary health centre. Doctors appointed at the primary health centers have to treat patients, give medication and further treatment without charging them any money as per the government's directions.
The complainant had approached the health center for his treatment. He met Dr Chivate and he demanded Rs 30 from him and when the complainant asked the reason for demanding money at a government run health center, Dr Chivate refused to treat or diagnose him unless he pay Rs 30. Later, the complainant approached the Sangli ACB and filed a complaint against Dr. Chivate. The complaint was verified by ACB staff and it turned out to be true following which a trap was placed on Friday. The complainant as advised by the ACB officers approached Dr Chivate and when Dr Chivate demanded the bribe amount and accepted it, ACB officers detained him and placed under arrest.
Dr Chivate who is a government doctor has been arrested and booked under several sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.