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Maimed Conscience and Maimed Beggars (Medical Ethics in India) – Part

The current report from CNN IBN and Channel 7 Indian Television network has raised many questions about the health of Indian healthcare// field and the medical professionals. A cleaning up operation is long overdue to rejuvenate the sector. Forgotten are the ‘Declaration of Geneva by the World Medical Association in 1949 - I solemnly pledge myself to consecrate my life to the service of humanity …. I will practice my profession with conscience and dignity; The health of my patient will be my first consideration….. I will maintain the utmost respect for human life, from the time of conception…

The sting operation conducted by the television network exposes the beggar mafia nexus being helped by unscrupulous surgeons in Delhi and the state of Uttar Pradesh. In a shocking revelation the network has captured the ‘doctors on camera’ being interviewed and accepting money to perform amputation surgeries on limbs of perfectly healthy children and adults - so that they can be made a cripple and become a high earning beggar. This apparently is being done at a cost of Rs.10,000 to Rs.40,000.

The money is paid to the surgeons by the beggar mafia and the doctors willfully perform these surgeries in various hospitals. The Indian medical profession and the public are infuriated by the news and the immediate statement from Dr Ajay Kumar, National President Elect of the Indian Medical Association was that doctors will be arrested immediately. "If they are registered with the IMA then their medical license will be immediately suspended," he said.

One of doctors who is a founding member of National Organization of Bio-Medical Ethics and Law (NOBEL) said: ‘If this report is true it is as nauseating as the role of doctors who were involved in the mass extermination of Jews in the gas chambers of the ‘Nazi holocaust ’ during the second world war; there is no forgiveness here.’

This is not the first instance that the media has expo
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