IMA Assam branch refutes charges

16 May, 2016

The Assam branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has expressed shock, dismay and indignation over the reported campaign against ‘medical terrorism’ under the initiative of ‘Dr Anamika Roy Memorial Trust’. 

In a statement here today, IMA Assam branch secretary Dr Satyajit Borah said the IMA feels that the initiative has rather initiated a move to terrorise people against the medical profession, trying to cause unrest amongst the people to undergo medical tests and investigations and attempted to spill venom of mistrust between the doctors and the patients. 

Dr Borah has demanded disclosure of the sources of the data Dr Ankuran Dutta has cited to justify his claim that “52 lakh medical injuries with 98,000 deaths are reported in India annually” and “10 people fall victim to medical negligence every minute and more than 11 people die every hour in the country due to medical error”. 

If the scenario is so horrifying and alarming, IMA feels that instead of building up a public campaign to create confusions and distrust amongst people against medical profession and doctors, the issue should be taken up seriously by the Government and an urgent measure should be taken in the training up of doctors and changing medical curriculum effectively, Borah said. 

Regarding the two isolated case reports that Dr Dutta has put forward as examples, the IMA is also very serious about the way the patients were reportedly managed, and it demands of Dr Dutta to expose the hospital or the doctor involved and requests the press to bring out the version of the doctors and the hospitals about the cases. 

The IMA admits there can be medical errors, or there can be error in medical judgement, which are human errors though really unfortunate. And there are sporadic cases of medical negligence too, which are condemnable at the strongest of terms. 

However to take a judgment unilaterally in such sensitive issues, without going into the technical details of a particular case and the prevailing circumstance during treatment, by someone who is not technically and judiciously competent cannot be acceptable, said Dr Borah.