Dr K K Aggarwal
The medical profession is one and should remain one. Personal political aspirations should not come in the way of the good of the medical profession. If there are any differences, and there may be differences, they should be chalked out in the President-General Secretary meet or Central Council or Central Working Committee (CWC) of IMA or the respective bodies of the specialty associations.
The issue of National Medical Commission (NMC), Consumer Protection Act (CPA) and violence against doctors has been at the forefront for the last four years. The stand of the IMA on these vital issues has been clear to all, right from the first. Then why a discussion now on the stand?
It was a unique opportunity for the Health Minister, who happens to be a doctor himself, to call for an urgent meeting with the representatives of the medical profession – the National IMA President and General Secretary and State Presidents and Secretaries and interact with them to try to find a solution. Perhaps this is not the style of the present government.
I recall that I had invited Shri JP Nadda, the then Health minister to an earlier Central Council meeting, and also invited the Additional Health Secretary to another Working Committee meeting to interact with the members.
Everyone has the right to differ, but these differences should be recorded in the minutes of the national association’s Central Council and Working Committee meetings.
The strength of the medical fraternity lies in our unity and common commitment for the betterment of our profession.