On the sidelines of the ‘Achteru’ event in Bengaluru, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the ‘Narendra Modi National Centre for Medical Education’ (NCME) on Thursday, Aneesh Mehta, a member of the board of the National Centre, expressed his views on the medical profession.
“I am a physician.
I am not a doctor.
I can’t see any difference between me and any other doctor,” he said.
“But I am a doctor, and I feel that if there is a difference, it is because of the profession,” he added.
Mehtan, who is also a member, along with his colleagues, of the Board of Medical Examiners of India (BOMEI), told TOI, “It is very unfortunate that medical profession is not accepting medical advice on medical issues.
There is a need for doctors to take the opinion of the doctor as the medical expert.
But medical profession has not been able to accept the medical opinion of any other medical expert.”
On the sidelines, Mehtas statement came as he was addressing the ‘Chennai Conference on Medical Education’.
The Conference is a major international conference in Chennai organized by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) to discuss the future of the Indian medical profession and to share best practices for development of the health sector in India.
Mehrtas comments were also echoed by Dr Anupam Gupta, an Assistant Professor in the department of psychiatry at the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, who said, “This is a matter of great concern for us.
The medical profession, as a whole, has not understood the importance of medical advice.””
The doctor is not the medical professional.
The doctor is the patient.
If the patient is sick, the doctor is going to take it as a health issue.
The health of the patient should be paramount.
But the doctor has to have the authority to take advice from the patient,” Gupta said.
He added that the current medical profession’s stance is not aligned with the Indian government’s stance on health and safety.
“The current medical doctor, like many others, has made mistakes and has made inappropriate recommendations in the past.
The current medical doctors should not be allowed to do that,” he alleged.
On the other hand, Gupta, who has been involved in various activities to promote the health and welfare of the country’s doctors, also said that the medical community needs to take an active role in the public health arena.
“As a doctor who works in hospitals and practices medicine, I have seen the problems in the country with the healthcare system.
We need to get the healthcare infrastructure up and running.
We should be able to offer the health services in the hospitals.
The government needs to look at these issues,” he argued.
On Thursday, the Prime Minister and Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Satyendra Jain, were the guests of honour at the ‘Chandra Kishore Kendra’ in Hyderabad.
A video clip of the event posted on social media showed Jain congratulating the PM on his achievement.
Jain’s statement that the government would soon bring in a ‘NARAM-20’ was widely interpreted as a nod to the proposed Medical Safety Bill, which seeks to make it mandatory for all medical professionals to wear a helmet.
It was also seen as a statement of support for the doctors in the wake of the Jain-Modi encounter, as well as the police’s arrest of BJP leader Shashi Tharoor on Thursday.
The proposed bill also seeks to establish a National Medical Advisory Committee (NMAC) to advise on safety measures, among other things.
The proposal is likely to be discussed at a Cabinet meeting on Monday.