"Shocking: Senior doctors beaten up at Apollo Hospital, Bannerghatta Road" http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bengaluru/Docs-security-guard-beaten-up-after-childs-death-hospital-files-complaint/2016/09/23/article3627487.eceThe distinction of Private nursing home, corporate hospital and Government Institutions where violence and legal problems are concerned is now a myth. Still however when a strike is called both Govt Institutions and Corporate Hospitals feel it is beneath their dignity to participate. When a conference is organized on medicolegal issues the corporate hospitals feel it is not a financial return on investment to sponsor such efforts. They are very keen to sponsor meetings where angiography skills or newer joint replacement techniques are marketed. When legal action is initiated by any doctors organization we divide ourselves into distinct "castes" where we expect the lowest caste (Private doctors/nursinghomes/IMA members) only to contribute and participate. Those superior, like the Government Institutional doctors or the doctors in corporate hospitals or their managements contributing to such a common cause action would be a rarity. MLAG is organizing its 3rd MLAG Annual Conference and one of the highlights of the 2nd conference was a Talk by Maj Gen A C Anand on "Corporatization of Medicine Boon or Bane".
Sponsorship by corporate hospitals or pharma companies varies from nil to negligible in our events. This problem is not faced only by MLAG. It was evident even in the 3 day mega event the National Medicolegal Conference held recently at Ahmedabad. The Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court judgment delivered on 4th June is a travesty of justice but no medical organization other than MLAG thought it fit to challenge it in Supreme Court. Any strike occurring anywhere in the country by doctors for any reason whatsoever will invoke this judgment immediately if any NGO do gooder takes up the matter and gives reference of this judgment. Raising funds even for such an important and basic cause like "Does a doctor have a right to protest or go on strike under ANY circumstances" for which MLAG is fighting in Supreme Court is a mammoth task in which MLAG will probably fail. Failure will be not because the cause is not just or our arguments not legal sustainable but because we cannot afford the legal battle in Supreme Court. But then we will try and try again because that is all which is in our hands. One or two doctors being beaten up is not enough, one or two doctors being killed is also not enough. How many casualties do we need before medical profession will unite, there must be figure mentioned somewhere in our textbooks and Journals but I need to be enlightened with the proper reference in "Vancouver style". Dr Neeraj Nagpal Convenor,Medicos Legal Action Group, Managing Director MLAG Indemnity, Ex President IMA Chandigarh Director Hope Gastrointestinal Diagnostic Clinic, 1184, Sector 21 B Chandigarh 09316517176 , 9814013735 0172; 4633735, 2707935, 2706024, 5087794 email; email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com For Contributions; "Medicos Legal Action Group" Ac No 499601010036479 IFSC code UBIN0549967 Union Bank Sector 35 C Chandigarh; PAN Number AADTM4605N Website; www.mlag.in you can also follow us at https://www.facebook.com/medicoslegalactiongroup
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