December 13, 2010

IMA attacks MoH, MCI over suspension of top office-bearers

The Indian Medical Association today launched a frontal attack on the Health Ministry and the Medical Council of India for suspending its President and Secretary for endorsing products.
"The IMA is registered under the Societies'' Act. Only violation of any Section of Societies'' Act can invite action on IMA. There has been no violation of the provisions of this Act. MCI has no locus standi on IMA. IMA asserts its right to convey health information to the people," it said in a statement here.
The body said that the state medical councils are the competent authority to register as well as take any disciplinary action on any registered medical practitioner and MCI could only make recommendations to the state medical councils.
"The recommendation of MCI is not binding on the state Medical Councils," it added.
The IMA said that the "duly elected members of MCI have been removed and at present only an ad-hoc council appointed by the Government of India existed.
"At best this is a stop gap arrangement. This body has not been vested to perform duties of an ethics committee," it said.
On November 19, Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad in response to a written question in Rajya Sabha had said that the National President and Secretary General of IMA have been suspended from Indian Medical Register.

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