NewZNew (Chandigarh) : On the occasion of Doctors Day, a blood donation camp was organized by Indian Medical Association (IMA), Chandigarh. July 1 is observed as ‘Doctors Day’ every year in memory of Bharat Ratna Awardee Dr. B.C Roy.
Dr. Raman Abrol, Secretary IMA Chandigarh informed that a blood donation camp was organised where 50 doctors and their relatives donated blood at IMA Complex in Sector 35 here. In addition IMA also provided free accident policy to the staff of the doctors in the tricity. The camp was a part of celebrations which took place across all the State branches of the Indian Medical Association.
Senior doctors were honoured for their contribution in the field of medicine. Key principles that should govern the crucial doctor-patient relationship were also discussed. In addition to the doctors and their families, social organizations and the general public joined the celebrations.
“With the recent inclusion of medical services under the Consumer Protection Act, the integrity and trust in the doctor-patient relationship has been threatened“, said National President & Secretary General of the IMA, Dr. A. Marthanda Pillai & Dr. K.K Aggarwal in a joint statement.
Voicing a unanimous plea, Dr. Sandeep Dhavan State President & Dr. Raman Abrol, Secretary of the IMA Chandigarh branch said, “IMA demands that the right to health be made a fundamental right. To achieve this goal, the government should strengthen the public healthcare delivery system and promote and support the private health sector which caters to 70% of the healthcare demands of our country”.
IMA expressed its concern over the drastic increase in the cases of violence against doctors and medical establishments and stressed on the need to create an atmosphere where doctors can practice with peace and dignity. The urgent need for a Central Act to protect doctors while on duty and medical establishments against public outrage was also voiced. Members of the IMA were asked to take a pledge re-instating their commitment towards the overall healthcare benefit of the nation and working while upholding the highest standards of ethics.