Demand for separate Indian Medical Services cadre gains momentum at AIIMS
New Delhi - With the Doctor's Day approaching on July 1, the Resident Doctors Association (RDA) at the premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has demanded setting up of Indian Medical Services (IMS), which it called as a "much-voiced need" for doctors across the country.
The association cites that this initiative will be able to bridge the gap between decision and deliverance.
The association added that the call for separate cadre for IMS dates back to 4 decades, but has, unfortunately, met with no positive outcome. Noting that despite best possible efforts from the government and bureaucracy, certain lacunae remain, given the rapidly increasing caseload of COVID-19 and inadequate decentralization of healthcare, the AIIMS RDA said that it has been at the forefront of this demand.
"In matters requiring concerted healthcare planning and delivery, as has been the need during this present pandemic, a team of administrators with a strong medical background will be able to address the technical issues with more proficiency and fluency," the RDA said in the statement.
"Indian Medical Service (IMS) has been a much-voiced need for doctors across the country and will be able to bridge the gap between decision and deliverance, as well as be able to acknowledge and meet the many requirements of doctors who often work in extremely impoverished conditions while subserving the healthcare of fellow citizens," it said.
"To extend your support, trend #wewantIMS on Twitter and Facebook on this Doctor's day. IMS is the need of the hour and our justified demand for this shall rise loud and strong for the sake of meeting adequately the healthcare needs of India. After all, 'Health is wealth!'," the statement added.
Meanwhile, the doctors recently cycled from AIIMS to India Gate urging for Indian Medical Services and to appeal for voluntary Blood Donation on this Doctors' day.