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Ima slams British Medical Journal for editorial on India in ET HealthWorld

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Ima Criticises British Medical Journal For Editorial On India, ET HealthWorld

In a recent development, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has criticized The Lancet, a British medical journal, for its editorial disparaging the Indian government’s health management under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership. The IMA national president, Dr. R V Asokan, highlighted the journal’s interference in India’s internal matters, comparing healthcare systems between India and the UK.

Dr. Asokan further emphasized that doctors from 178 branches of the IMA in Tamil Nadu are engaging with candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections to advocate for various demands, including concerns about integrating Indian medicine with allopathy and digital health data policies. The association is pushing for investment in public hospitals to provide free care and cautioning against insurance-based healthcare systems that could lead to increased costs and compromised patient privacy.

Expressing apprehensions about the digitalization of health records, the IMA raised concerns about potential privacy violations by allowing the government to sell patient data to research agencies and pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Asokan stressed the importance of patient consent for sharing health records, highlighting the risks associated with the current insurance schemes under Ayushman Bharat.

The IMA’s stance reflects a broader push for prioritizing public healthcare infrastructure and advocating for patient-centric policies in the Indian healthcare system. The organization continues to call for holistic reforms to ensure the well-being and privacy of patients across the country.

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