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World Medical Association rejects BMA request to suspend president

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j2446 (Published 19 May 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2446
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. BMJ

A request by the BMA to suspend the president of the World Medical Association pending a resolution of corruption charges by a court in Delhi has been rejected.

The BMA wrote to the world body calling for the suspension of Ketan Desai, who took up the two year post in October 2016.

The letter has not been seen by The BMJ, but a BMA spokesperson said, “The BMA wrote to the WMA raising concerns about the position of Dr Desai, and calling for the suspension of his authority. BMA members had questioned Desai’s suitability for the role while charges against him are pending. These charges had not been brought to the attention of …

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