The Indian Medical Association (IMA) and Association of Medical Consultants, Mumbai has expressed disappointment over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent statement in London where he had alleged nexus between doctors and pharmaceutical companies and said that Indian doctors attend conferences abroad to promote these companies. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) have written a letter to the Prime Minister expressing their dissent over his statement. Text of the Letter is as follows:-
20.04.2018 New Delhi
Beloved Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji
The patriarch of the family always speaks about his sons and daughters with pride especially with the strangers. This is our culture. Indian doctors have brought international acclaim and repute due to their world class proficiency and skill. Engaging in small talk and maligning the entire medical fraternity in India with broad brush on foreign soil was certainly not expected out of the Prime Minister of the country. The Health system of the country from where you commented on Indian doctors would collapse without Indian doctors. IMA expresses its displeasure on your unfortunate remarks. We presume this is in no way connected with our resistance to the pro rich NMC Bill 2017. Doctors of this country are being suppressed and exploited by every means possible. The onus of the mess in Health care squarely falls on the successive Governments including yours.
We wish to point out that your unfortunate remarks have brought disrepute to Indian doctors and India. To that extent the goodwill and trust invested in you by Indian doctors stands diminished.
Dr Ravi Wankhedkar
National President IMA