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Doctors are sceptical about Indian Medical Association’s new code of conduct for hospitals

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h236 (Published 14 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h236
  1. Priyanka Pulla
  1. 1Bangalore

The Indian Medical Association’s (IMA) decision to draft a new code of medical ethics for hospitals and nursing homes has met scepticism from several doctors, who have questioned the effectiveness of such a voluntary code given that the association’s existing code for doctors has failed to stem corruption.

“The IMA action is purely symbolic,” said Ravi Raghavan, a gastroenterologist in Bangalore and a member of the IMA, in an interview with The BMJ.

The association currently adopts the Medical Council of India’s (MCI) code for doctors1 but has no code for hospitals. The new code, which the association will draft together with hospital groups such as the Association of Healthcare Providers, aims to fill this gap. It will include guidelines on advertising and marketing of healthcare services and avoiding unnecessary medical procedures.

Because the IMA does not have the power to remove licences from doctors, …

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