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A short film to raise awareness of violence against doctors

In a bid to raise awareness of violence against doctors, a short film will be made public outlining the contours of the relationship between the public and the medical community. We Are Not Gods was screened over the weekend. It addresses issues inherent to the doctor-patient relationship, as well as the impacts of violence against […]

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IMA president criticises Ayushman Bharat

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare lauded Ayushman Bharat at the end of last year. However, Indian Medical Association (IMA) president Dr Santanu Sen seems unimpressed. “So far 33 states and [union territories] are implementing the scheme,” the Ministry said. “Treatment worth Rs 9,999.76 crore for 6,919,973 hospital admissions has been provided under

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Kota tragedy: IMA hits out at Government

The Kota tragedy, where more than 100 children have died in the space of a month at the government-run JK Lon Hospital in the Rajasthan city, is in the crosshairs of the Indian Medical Association (IMA). The doctors’ body has hit out at the Government, critiquing their health policies as a contributing factor to the

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IMA turns to Modi on violence against doctors

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has turned to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for help in advancing legislation punishing violence against the medical fraternity.  The Health and Services Personnel and Clinical Establishments (Prohibition of Violence and Damage of Property) Bill was proposed by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare earlier this year. The Bill

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Violence against doctors crackdown in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra state chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has announced it will crack down on violence against doctors in the state, setting up a registry to record details of such instances to leverage in efforts to end the practice.  The IMA reports that 75 percent of healthcare workers in India have been the

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Kerala doctors to work on boosting access to health in rural areas

The Kerala chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) is working to expand access to healthcare in rural areas of the state.  Around sixty percent of doctors in India work in urban areas, despite seventy percent of the population living in rural areas. Although Kerala is one of the most highly-ranked states on health parameters

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IMA raises concerns over Ayushman Bharat

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has spoken out on the Centre’s flagship health insurance scheme, Ayushman Bharat, raising some misgivings about the initiative and suggesting improvements. Perhaps the main criticism was the insurance-based model, with IMA national president Dr Santanu Sen questioning “why should it be done through insurance companies by paying fifteen percent to

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Supreme Court asks Centre for answers on violence against doctors

Violence against doctors in endemic in India. The Supreme Court is now seeking a government response the issue following an appeal by doctors.  The suit was brought by the Tamil Nadu branch of the Association of Healthcare Providers (APHI), which sought from the Centre “immediate and necessary action against the perpetrators indulging in violence against

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IMA appeals for ordinance on violence against doctors

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for an ordinance to be brought concerning violence against doctors.  Legislation, the Healthcare Service Personnel and Clinical Establishments (Prohibition of Violence and Damage to Property) Bill, 2019, has been drafted by the Union Health Ministry and made publicly available for comment, addressing violence

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Pune doctors to refuse service to abusive patients

The Pune chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has become the first in the country to refuse to treat abusive patients.  The zero-tolerance policy against verbal and physical abuse comes amidst an epidemic of violence against healthcare workers across India. The IMA has suggested that as many as 75 percent of doctors in India

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