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Pharma Sponsored Trips: Orthopedic Surgeon suspended for one year


Pharma Sponsored Trips: Orthopedic Surgeon suspended for one year

New Delhi: Through a recent decision, the Delhi Medical Council has upheld the one-year suspension of Dr Naval Bhatia, Orthopedic Specialist at Safdarjung Sports Injury Centre that was awarded by MCI after it held the doctor guilty for taking a sponsored trip from an orthopaedic implant maker to attend a conference

The incident goes back to the year 2014, when Dr. Bhatia went on a trip to Hong Kong. As per an earlier report in DNA,  Dr Bhatia’s tour expenses including flight ticket and lodging and boarding, were paid for by M/s Stryker India, a company which manufactures implants. The right thing was he should have sought a “no-objection” from the government, which is mandatory for a doctor in a government hospital. To evade that rule, Dr Bhatia assumed the identity of a consultant of Primus hospital, thus misrepresenting facts, leaving him open to the charge of impersonation, added the media report.

A complaint was filed against the doctor with the Delhi Medical Council, and after going through the facts of the case, the state medical council awarded him a suspension of 3 months

“Both Dr. Bhatia and one of the complainants appealed to the MCI. While Dr. Bhatia said his punishment was too harsh, the complainant maintained the DMC was too lenient. The MCI ordered that Dr. Bhatia not be allowed to practice for one year and that has been brought into action,” Dr. Tyagi told the Hindu.

The Delhi Medical Council in its recent meeting on Wednesday upheld the order of the MCI awarding the one-year suspension

” Since the doctor has already served a suspension of 3 months as per our earlier order, We have now removed his name from the medical register for another period of 275 days ( 9 months) to make the total punishment 1 year as per the MCI order,” Dr Tyagi informed Medical Dialogues

Taking sponsorships from a pharma/device makers for purpose of travel stands as a violation of the MCI code of ethics. As per the MCI code of Ethics clause 6.8.1

In dealing with Pharmaceutical and allied health sector industry, a medical practitioner shall follow and adhere to the stipulations (Travel facilities)- A medical practitioner shall not accept any travel facility inside the country or outside, including rail, air, ship , cruise tickets, paid vacations etc. from any pharmaceutical or allied healthcare industry or their representatives for self and family members for vacation or for attending conferences, seminars, workshops, CME programme etc as a delegate.




Source: with inputs
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  1. Wat about MCI getting sponsored n talking money for renewal? Wat about reinstating the former corrupt mci inspector?

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    Dr Ramesh vardhan October 8, 2018, 8:57 pm

    WHAT LEGAL ACTIONS ARE TAKEN AGAINST THE PHARMA , INSTRUMENTS AND MEDICAL DEVICES AND EQUIPMENTS COMPANIES , WHAT ABOUT PURCHASE OF FURNITURE , PAINTING OF BUILDINGS …
    SUCH DEVILISH DEALS OFTEN TAKES PLACE IN CLOSED CHAMBERS OF THE BABUS THE BUEROCRATS..( THEY ARE BLESSED WITH IMMUNITY FOR LIFE TIME).

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    Dr Ramesh vardhan October 8, 2018, 8:49 pm

    I AM WORKING IN A AUTONOMOUS GOVERNMENT MEDICAL COLLEGE, THERE ARE HARDLY ANY NOTE WORTHY INSTRUMENTS & COMPARABLE IMPLANTS MADE AVAILABLE IN THE SO CALLED TEACHING MEDICAL COLLEGE HOSPITAL. THE TOTAL NUMBER OF SURGERIES IS ALMOST NEGLIGIBLE . AND THE QUALITY OF OPERATIONS AND THE OUT COME GOD ONLY KNOWS ?. ALL MOST ALL THE LOCAL DOCTORS WHO ARE INTO PRIVATE PRACTICE HAVE BECOME TEACHERS ( CHEATERS). I HAVE HARD\’ FROM SEVERAL PEOPLE , THOUSANDS OF RUPEES ARE RIPPED FROM THE POOR , INNOCENT & HELPLESS PATIENTS WITH PRETEXT OF USING IMPLANTS OF GREAT VALUE & HIGH STANDARDS. THIS IS GOING OVER THE YEARS , AND WILL CONTINUE AS LONG AS THEY HAVE BLESSINGS OF THEIR WON CASTE COMMUNITY POLITICIANS . BEING A AUTONOMOUS THERE ARE NO TRANSFERS ( HENCE IT MUCH MORE EASY TO ESTABLISHE THEIR ROOTS & HAVE ESTABLISHED) YES , THERE ARE COUPLE OF TRANSFERS / APPOINTMENTS/ ADDITIONAL CHARGES AS PER THE WHIMS AND FANCIES OF THE SO CALLED HIGHER AUTHORITIES. ONE CAN CALL SUCH CORRUT , CUNNING, CASTEIST CROOKS AS \” GOVERNMENT NEXALITIES \”. Unfortunately such people have no FEAR, SHAME or GUILT.. HAVING ADVANTAGE OF CASTE, COMMUNITY, REGION, RELIGION , LANGUAGE AND ALL POLITICIANS SUPPORT , MONEY AND INFLUENCE ,ONE / SUCH PEOPLE CAN FREAK OUT . I HAVE FEELING THAT THEY WOSRE THAN MILLITANTS & NEXALITIES . OUR BABUS THE BUEROCRATS KEEP QUITE , AS IF THEY KNOW NOTHING. AND THEY AVOID SPEAKING / ANSWERING MY VERBAL & AS WEL WRITTEN COMPLAINTS. THERE IS AIRFORCE STATION , I DON\’T EVEN THE EVEN THE ARIEL BOMBOERMENT CAN DAMAGE OR DESTROY THEIR DEEP DUGED BUNKERS. I AM NOT ONLY BADLY HURT BUT VERY VERY SAD ABOUT ENTIRE SITUATION / SINARIO. ONLY THE GOD CAN SAVE THE SUFFERING FROM THE HANDS OF THE CORRUPT , CUNNING CROOKS . I AM SURE MAJORITY OF READERS ARE NOT HAPPY WITH MY WRITINGS. GOOD OR BAD ABOUT ME I CAN\’T KEEP QUITE WITH OUT TELLING TRUTH\’. I HAVE LOST FAITH/ TRUST ON BABUS THE BUEROCRATS , OUR JUDICIARY IS AT A SNAIL PEACE , BY THE TIME CASES WILL COME FOR HEARING , EITHER ONE OR ALL BE DEAD OR DAYING. I REMEMBER ONE OF CHILDHOOD USED TO TALK ABOUT OUR COUNTRY , HE USED SAY OFTEN \” BEING BORN IN INDIA IS SIN AND LIVING IS CRIME . WITH LOTS OF HARDSHIP HE MADE TO U S A . I THINK HE IS RIGHT , SPECIALLY WHEN WE LOOK AT OUR INDICIES – IMR, MMR, HUMAN HAPPINESS , HEALTH CARE ……… CLOSE TO 30 % CHILDEN ARE STUNTED GROWTH, 40% INDIAN MALNOURISHED, 50% ARE ANEMIC. ……
    THE LEAST GOES ON. IF I KEEP MENTIONING ABOUT MORE AND MORE ISSUES , I MY SURE MORE & MORE PEOPLE FEEL UNCONTROLLABLE. SO LET ME CALL IT A DAY . LONG LIVE GOOD PEOPLE …

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    Dr kamal bachani October 7, 2018, 4:17 pm

    This whole punishment and MCI hypothesis is based upon presumption that if a doctor is sponsored he will b forced to use products of that company in irrational manner. It has never been validated. Punish those who r found using products unehically (but for that onus will b on MCI etc as they have to wrk and not act like demigods take the shortcut and let doctors keep on cry as nobody iis going to listen because we they r undivided lot and it serves importance or Ny equivalant body to boss around.
    I feel it is a mockery of judiciary which never punishes anybody on presumption

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    Pragyas Pran Hazarika October 7, 2018, 1:29 pm

    Getting sponsoship from pharma company leads to unethical practice. Most of the time It has been observed patients need to bear the ultimate burden of expenses incurred by company when Dr indulge in such sponsorship programme. Why company do so, not as a charity or enhancing Drs skills only, the prime motive is incressing their business only