IMA president Santanu Sen vows regulatory changes to ensure wellbeing of patients

first_imgKolkata: After taking charge as the national president of Indian Medical Association (IMA), Trinamool Congress MP from Rajya Sabha, Dr Santanu Sen vowed to bring in some regulatory changes to safeguard the wellbeing of people in a better way.Dr Sen has taken a pledge to implement 13 point agenda including that of bringing a Central law to prevent violence in hospitals and health care units across the country. IMA would take up the issue with the Centre so that a stringent law can be promulgated to protect the patients, doctors and other heath workers from being assaulted by mob. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that various medical colleges in the city and other state-run hospitals in the state often witness violence with an irate mob ransacking hospital building or furniture and creating panic among patients. “We will talk to the Centre regarding the need of bringing up a Centralised law to prevent violence on health care establishments. There should be a provision of imposing huge penalty on those who lodge false complaints with an intention to earn money. We will also urge the Centre to conduct regular school health check-ups and adult vaccination a must for certain diseases,” Dr Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSen maintained. Once again reiterating his stance on National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2017, Dr Sen said they would strengthen its fight against anti-federal, anti-poor undemocratic Bill. As the Centre has come up with the idea of implementing the NMC Bill, various doctors’ organisations, including IMA termed the move as anti-community and anti-poor, and claimed it will damage the health system of the country. “We will also fight against the empanelment process, package rates, involvement of insurance companies and budgetary allocation of Ayushman Bharat Scheme. We will also make an appeal before the Centre to increase health budget. We will actively take part in implementing several Central and State Health projects. There is also a plan to start a course on basic and advanced life support,” Sen said. He also announced that the headquarter building of IMA would be named after Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy. IMA was born in Kolkata in 1928. Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy was the first national IMA president from Bengal, while Nilratan Sircar was the second from Bengal. Dr Sen is the ninth Bengali to win the post of national president after a gap of 14 years. It may be mentioned that Dr Sudipto Roy was the last person from Bengal to become the national president of the largest organisation of doctors from 2004-2005.last_img