#DoctorsNotGuineaPigs: Doctors associations lend their support to IMA doctors in MP

Doctors from Gwalior had written a letter to Madhya Pradesh and union government making their stand clear that they will not eat or taste food meant for the VVIPS. Now these sentiments have been echoed by the doctors associations from different parts of the country, including the Indian Medical Association in Delhi

#DoctorsNotGuineaPigs: Doctors associations lend their support to IMA doctors in MP
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Doctors from the Indian Medical Association, Madhya Pradesh have taken a stand and refused to be guinea pigs for VVIPs and VIPs.

The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD), the Maharashtra Association of Gazetted Medical Officers (MAGMO) and Federation of all India Resident Doctors Association (FORDA) have all lent their support of the doctors from IMA.

#DoctorsNotGuineaPigs, this echo has been growing in all parts of the country, ever since the Indian Medical Association doctors from Madhya Pradesh, wrote to the government, making their stand clear on eating the food to certify it as safe for the VVIP.

The doctors from Madhya Pradesh have received support or their cause from the Indian Medical Association, Delhi, and from various other doctor associations.

While Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Ashwini Goyal, President of the Indian Medical Association, Delhi, said, “This method of food tasting for the VVIPs, has been practiced since the past number of years. It is absolutely wrong and demeaning to make someone first taste the food to certify it as safe. The government should adopt a different mechanism to taste the food.”

While Dr Jawahar Singh, Vice President of the Federation of all India Resident Doctors Association, demanded that the government should create a mechanism to taste the food for VVIP and VIP persons. “Everyone is a human being. No one should be made to do this kind of a thing. If the MPs and MLAs have a doubt on the quality of the food being served in their area, then why should the doctor consume it? This practice should be abolished immediately.”

The Maharashtra Association of Gazetted Medical Officers (MAGMO) has also extended their support to end this practice. Dr Prassana Deshmukh, former secretary of MAGMO while speaking to My Medical Mantra said, “The government should immediately take a decision to end the practice wherein the doctor has to taste the food for the VVIPs. This is against the principle of humanity. The food should be tested in a lab. At the most, the doctor should be asked to check whether the place where the food is being cooked is hygienic or not.”

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Harjit Singh Bhatti, President of the Resident Doctors Association, AIIMS, said, “Doctors are not experimental animals. This practice is incorrect and should be abolished to keep up with the current times. If a doctor dies due to eating contaminated or poisoned food, then who will be responsible for this?  An alternative to this could be monitoring the transport of food products, the hygiene of the area any questions over food safety should be the concern of the chef who prepares the meal. This practice lowers the dignity of doctors and makes them lose self-respect.”