Ranchi, June 6: In what was perhaps the largest peaceful Satyagraha against the many issues faced by the medical fraternity, a huge majority of doctors, MBBS students, and others associated with the profession took part in the Dilli Chalo movement held today in the National Capital.
The movement was a fitting conclusion to the intensive month-long campaign by IMA aimed at raising awareness on and bringing to light the issues faced by the medical profession. IMA is a unified voice and the collective consciousness of the medical profession in the country.
The peaceful protest was joined by over 70,000 doctors from all over India including the IMA National and State branch leadership and representatives of National Medical Associations such as Federation of Obstetrics & Gynecological Societies of India (FOGSI), Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP), Association of Physicians of India (API) and the Cardiological Society of India (CSI) amongst others.
Those not present in person joined digitally over a live webcast.
Speaking at the deliberations, Padma Shri Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, National President Indian Medical Association (IMA) and President Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) and Dr RN Tandon, Honorary Secretary General IMA in a joint statement, said, “This is one of the toughest times for the medical fraternity.
This Satyagraha comes after the realization that enough is enough, and that repeated pleas and appeals by the medical fraternity have materialized into nothing except reassurances.
The agitation among doctors has been evident for a long time now. New draconian acts implicating penal provisions on clerical errors and violations of clauses not linked to medical treatment in West Bengal Clinical Establishment Act are not in the interest of the profession and therefore, the society at large. The need of the hour is collective action and decision which would do justice to this profession.”
The Dilli Chalo movement aimed to address various demands by the medical fraternity including criminal prosecution of medical negligence and clerical errors to be an exception, Stringent central act against violence on doctors, Capping the compensation in Consumer Protection Act (CPA) on doctors, Professional autonomy in treatment and prescriptions, Amendments in PC PNDT, Central Clinical Establishment Act (CEA), West Bengal CEA Act, No unscientific mixing of systems of medicine, Empower MBBS graduates, One drug – One company – One price, Implement inter-ministerial committee recommendations in six weeks, Single window accountability, Single window registration of doctors and medical establishments, No to NMC: Amend Indian Medical Council (IMC) Act to maintain professional autonomy, Uniform final MBBS exam instead of ‘NEXT’, Uniform service conditions for service doctors & faculty, Same work – Same pay – Pay parity – No to adhocism, Fair conduction of NEET exam, IMA member in every government health committee, Central anti-quackery law, Reimbursement of emergency services provided by private sector, 25000 family medicine PG seats, Aided hospitals and retainer ship in general practice and Health budget of 5% of GDP for universal health coverage