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Straight from the Heart: IMA Issues

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Dr KK Aggarwal    05 December 2017

An Inter-Ministerial (Health, Consumer, Law and Home) committee was formed at the insistence of IMA; practically met every month during the last one year to take IMA issues forward. MOH recommendations for various issues of IMA so far are as follows:

Clinical Establishment Act

  1. To take the police out of appropriate CEA authorities
  2. To exempt entry level NABH Accreditations Centre from CEA registration formalities
  3. To facilitate single window registration of medical establishments
  4. To redefine the word to stabilize in the CEA Act means to “to provide first aid/ basic life support”
  5. Standard treatment guidelines are advisory in nature
  6. Establishment charges only in consultation with state and IMA

PCPNDT ACT

  1. To take penal provisions out for clerical errors in PCPNDT Act. The matter is in the Supreme Court.

Violence against doctors

  • MoH also released series of advertisements in National dailies on the subject of violence against doctors
  • MOH wrote to all the Chief Secretaries of States regarding enacting and /or implementing Laws against violence on doctors
  • MOH wrote to the Law Ministry for initiation of Central Law against violence

Capping of compensation

  • MOH wrote to Consumer ministry regarding amendment in CPA to modify the compensation clause

Crosspathy

  • MoH has given in writing that doctors of non-modern system of medicine cannot prescribe modern drugs. IMA won the crosspathy case in Delhi High Court. The matter is in Supreme Court. 

NMC and NEXT 

  • One of the main Agenda of IMA was “Say No to NMC” and IMA could convenience the Govt. to bring proposed NMC in its present state which is 60:40 ratio of Nominated Vs. Elected Body, out of 29 (25) members – 9 will be elected, 5 Selected and out of 15 nominated, 10 will be medical doctors.

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