More than 60,000 doctors from across India participated in the protest organised by the Indian Medical Association – umbrella body of modern medicine practising doctors in India.
While around 43,000 doctors were protesting online, Dr KK Aggarwal, the national president of IMA said around 15,000 where present in Delhi to raise voice against atrocities faced by medical practitioners. “We had an hour long meeting with the Union Health Minister JP Nadda today. He heard us and agreed to meet us again on the third week of June with his top health officials,” said Dr Aggarwal. IMA also initiated signature campaign.
The protest march started in the morning from Rajghat and ended at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium.
The last few months have seen several other initiatives by the IMA on this front such as Stop NMC Sathyagraha, two National Protest Days against violence on doctors, NO to NEXT strike in medical colleges, and the National Black Day against West Bengal Clinical Establishments Act.
Dr Aggarwal said, “The medical profession is facing the most difficult time of an era. Both doctors and patients have to understand that the ‘Doctor–Patient’ relationship is a sacred one and that the dignity of the profession should be maintained. It won’t be wrong to say that justice has been denied to doctors even within the framework of the constitution of India.”
He further said prescription rights of doctors are being trampled upon which can have disastrous consequences for patients. “There is absolutely no end to the injustice being heaped upon the medical fraternity and this noble profession. It is after having decided that enough is enough that the IMA has given this clarion call, Dilli Chalo. We are now looking forward to meet the Union Minister and his officials later in June,” said Dr Aggarwal.
Following are the demands of IMA:
Stringent Central Act against violence on medical professionals
Single-window accountability with no criminal charges on doctors without intent to harm a patient
Amendments in PC PNDT, Central CEA, and West Bengal CEA Acts
Anti-quackery laws (no one other than qualified MBBS or BDS can prescribe scheduled modern medicine drugs)
Protection of professional autonomy (no interference in freedom to choose quality affordable drugs, investigations, and treatment)
No variation in market prize for generic-generic, trade-generic, and brand-generic drugs