• NATCON 2017 Conference in Mumbai, saw the participation of 1,100 delegates from all over the world.
  • The major issued discussed in the conference were Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, violence against the doctors, capping of compensation and generic drugs.
  • One of the key points discussed at the two day conclave has been about the action plan for the coming six weeks where the IMA will be agitating and negotiating for National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill.
  • Today, Dr Ravi Wankhedkar took over as the IMA president.The new National IMA president said in next six weeks doctors across the country should be united. 
  • IMA plans to sensitise all Member of Parliaments and citizen of India on why NMC Bill needs to be opposed. The IMA also plans to go on strike if the government doesn’t agree to its demand by end of its six weeks of agitation.

Speaking at the conference, Dr S Dhudhat, Mumbai west branch president,” I sincerely thank Dr KK Agarwal and Dr Ravi Wankhedkar for holding this conference with the doctors across the world. Also thank Dr Lele and NATCON team in making it an extraordinary conclave a huge success.”

He added, “Indian Medical Association (IMA) has always believed in patient’s first policy. Government should treat us as equal partners in a respectable manner to make people friendly policies. I am sure that with Dr Ravi Wankhedkar taking up the charge, there’s more to look forward to.”  He further emphasised that the doctors must be united in this tough time.

Dr RN Tandon, Secretary of IMA 2017 said, “We started with our oath ceremony in December 2016, to say that we should have 100 per cent commitment under the leadership of Dr Kk Agarwal. The core discussion throughout has been about assault on doctors throughout the country.We should directly involve people because what we face, directly affects people.”

Dr KK Agarwal, the outgoing national IMA president said, “I strongly believe that if we have to strike against politicians, we should pledge to not see any politician in the year and not stop looking after our patients. We have lost some part of dignity in the past few months. We also lost to the movie ‘Gabbar Is Back’ which put a bad light on our profession.”

Dr Ravi Wankhedkar, IMA president said “It is a challenge to lead the community in these turbulent times. And I see this national presidentship as an opportunity to together to solve the issues the fraternity is facing. So, the doctors should be united. My only interest this year will be to protect each and every IMA member. We must do a surgical strike in six weeks to solve issues.”
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