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18th December, 2017
Straight from the Heart: National Medical Commission - After the storm

The Union Cabinet has effectively ended the era of Medical Council of India.

The citadel of modern medicine which initiated every young man and woman to the noble profession to alleviate the pain and suffering will now cease to exist.

The glorious era of MCI, which produced doctors of international caliber to serve the humankind as global doctors will come to an end. It will be replaced by a near total Government department called National Medical Commission. IMA has been opposing NMC in its present form.

Devoid of federal character, this non-representative half non-medical body will be a poor substitute for the MCI.

NMC will not represent the medical profession of India.

  • Anywhere in the world, medical profession is bestowed with reasonable autonomy. Patient care and Patient safety are the main benefits of such autonomy.
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Fake drugs can not only prolong an illness but also cause associated harm
About 11% of medicines in the developing countries are counterfeit, if recent reports are anything to go by. These fake medicines are also responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of children from diseases like malaria and pneumonia. About 65% of the fake medicines are those used for treating malaria and bacterial infections, says the research. What is alarming is that the number of children dying from pneumonia after receiving bad drugs is between 72,000 and 169,000.
Most of these counterfeit fake drugs are manufactured in an extremely polluted atmosphere. There is demand for these drugs all around the world -- from South Africa and Russia to India’s neighbours such as Myanmar and Nepal.
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