Office Bearers - 2019-20
Dr. Girish Tyagi
Dr. Arvind Chopra
Hony. State Secretary
Dr. Ashok Aggarwal
Hony. Finance Secretary
Dr. Aswini Dalmiya
Dr. Puneet Dhawan
Dr. Ashwani Goyal
Imm. Past President
Dr. Vijay Kumar Malhotra
Dr. Anil Sharma
Hony. Jt. Secretary
Dr. Arvind Narayan
Hony. Jt. Secretary
Dr. Atul Goel
Hony. Asst. Secretary
Dr. Prakash Lalchandani
Hony. Asst. Secretary
Dr. Neeraj Jain
Hony. Asst. Secretary
Dr. Vinay Walia
Hony. Editor DMA Journal
Dr. Poonam Gulati
Hony. Associate Editor, DMA Journal
Dr. Kamal Parwal
Associate Editor DMA NB
Telephonic consultation amounts to culpable negligence
Delhi Medical Association is organising one more MIDCON this time to be hosted by South Delhi Branch at Hotel Surya on 23rd December 2018. This year we have planned to organise the state MIDCONS in different zones. South zone MIDCON to be followed by one in West Zone and one in North Zone.
DMA held a very interactive symposium on Assault on Doctors .Corrective Actions and Preventive Actions on 1st December where the office bearers of RDAs of different institutions and representatives of FORDA, discussed the issue of assault on doctors threadbare. The issues of reasons of assault, why it occurs, when and where it takes place, what are preventive measures, the code voilet, the law against violence on Medical Establishments were discussed. DMA is coming out with white paper on this issue shortly.
The government of Delhi has issued warning in newspapers regarding payment of minimum wages to workers. We are looking on this issue urgently and promptly and inform the membership.
DMA is working on the issue of Preferential and Subsidised treatment of elderly members at the tertiary care hospitals in Delhi and we are getting the nod of some hospitals and as soon as maximum number of hospitals agree on it we will present the details in Bulletin.
Long live DMA
Hony. State Secretary Pen
Dear Friends,It is a matter of deep concern that DMA has repeatedly offered the facilities of 28,000 beds and excellent private services to the government at a very reasonable rate, the lowest possible rates of CGHS. The chief minister, the health minister all other acknowledged that private service is better managed with low cost and better patients satisfaction compared to government hospitals. But very little progress has been made due to stubborn attitude and inconsistent priorities of those who are at the helm of affairs. I think all of us shall realize that the sole aim of government and government sector is to serve and satisfy patient's needs of health, disease and comprehensive health policy is required which can meet requirements on a longer basis rather than immediate to the reactions which are of low outcome yield.
After the guidelines issued by Delhi government Health Department about the rate lists . It is now very difficult to run a hospital while the hospital expenses of the nursing homes/hospitals are increasing day by day , on the other hand the state and central government are decreasing the rates.
In the last few years, there is -
- - Increasing electricity rates (commercial)
- - Increasing Govt licensing fees
- - Increasing expenditure on DPCC and STP
- - Heavy Impact of GST and other Taxes.
- - Increasing salary of all manpower
- - Increasing rate of water supply
There all is going to compel the private hospitals for deprive of latest technology management, hospital development and ultimately closeting the hospitals.
CGHS rates although fixed through tender 3 years back but it is too low that a private nursing home can afford. As many procedures charges are too low after looking at expenditure.
The rates proposed by CGHS can only be honoured by either compromising the patient safety. But the nursing homes/hospitals taking CGHS empanelment because the govt departments/local bodies/public undertaking/universities are only gives panels to those who are empanelled with CGHS.
The New DAK rate list is killing as it is 40% less than the CGHS Rate. It is difficult to survive and run the establishments in such a low rates. There are no increment in rates paid by any panel since 90s. Inspite of these, all the hospitals are servicing the community with great devotion and dedication and following with all policies of Delhi govt, arranging camps, Polio camps and other community services for the welfare of general public.
And now 31 general insurance companies and 26 TPA (Third Party Administration) have come together to fix rates of common surgical procedures such as cataract, hernia, appendicitis removal , kidney transplants and angioplasty without taking us in the confidence i.e. medical association .
We have met with the various officials from Health Department of Delhi Government to discuss the following points-
- Increase in rate of DGHS atleast 2 folds
- Bring new DAK rate to latest DGHS rates
- There should be annually increase in new DAK rate list
On behalf of Delhi Medical Association we request all the members that we should unite ourselves and at least boycott the present rated offered by DGHS, TPS and insurance companies.
We shall united- We will win
Dr. Arvind Chopra
Hony. State Secretary
Vice President's Pen
THE MUCH TALK ABOUT UNITY
The medical profession has repeatedly heard slogans from its leaders asking for unity in the profession. We have also witnessed, with transient concerns, attacks on the medical profession by various strata of society: patients and their relatives; police; politicians, etc. etc.
The attacks vary from deplorable physical assaults (on doctors and their establishments) to statutory attacks of impractical legislative and administrative requirements thrust on the medical profession without taking the stake holders viewpoint or with little application of mind.
In my nearly two decades of voluntary working for the welfare of the medical profession, I have seen innumerable such situations where the profession (or some segments of the profession) have been confronted with challenges and attacks in one or the other form where you look upon those leading the profession to take up genuine issues and hardships of the profession. We look upon "our leaders" to confront these challenges with conviction, dedication and a killer instinct to achieve what should be ideal results. I must honestly admit that more often than not we have failed. Failed to get our genuine demands met; failed to convince the authorities that be of the relevance and genuineness of our demands. Of course to fan our own egos we come up with bloated statements like: 'massive success'; 'unprecedented agitation'; 'never before response', etc. etc. The membership at large, frustrated and dismayed by all the tamasha keeps losing faith in the professional leadership.
Delhi recently witnessed an agitation by lawyers triggered by an alleged attack on one of their professional colleagues. I must make it clear that I am not opining on or getting into the merits of the case (now subjudice to an enquiry). All I am looking into is the "UNITY" shown by the lawyers profession and how that unity had its impact all over. Broadly viewed the lawyers profession has many similarities to the medical profession. It also has its associations. It also has association politics and elections. It also has professional rivalries. It also probably has few black sheep's. But when it comes to professional unity they leave all this behind and stand together as a rock. All differences put aside for the moment.
I was only wondering if our association leadership could take pro-active steps to foster this long talked about unity: at least in an hour when the profession's dignity and safety are at stake.
I don't want to end with the usual slogan (Long Live Doctors Unity) but want to initiate this frank and bold thought provocation amongst all colleagues to see that how we can march towards this much talked about doctors unity…in true sense!
आज सड़को पे लिखे, सकडो नारे न देख,
पर अंधेरा देख, तू आकाश के तारे न देख |
एक दरिया है यहाँ पर दूर तक फैला हुआ,
आज अपने बाजुओ को देख, पतवार ने देख
Dr. Ashwini Dalmiya
Delhi Medical Association
It was way back in 1914, Dr. M.A. Ansari felt the need for making an association for the medical professionals and this is how Delhi Medical Association was born on 14th August, 1914. On 14th August, Dr. M.A. Ansari issued notice for assembling the medical practitioners. On 20th August, first inaugural function of the association was held in consultation room of Dr. Ansari in Fatehpuri Mosque and was attended by 23 members out of 28 medical practitioners practicing at that time.
The first office bearers of the Association were Dr. M.A. Ansari, Dr. Abdul Rehmaan, Dr. S.P. Shroff, Dr. H.L. Keal, Dr. J.K. Sain, Dr. Bhairon Dayal and Dr. I.T. Mitrra. Since there was no office of the association, for the first few years, all the meetings were held either at the clinic of Dr. M.A. Ansari or nearby restaurants.
In 1925 regular CME activities were started and social get-togethers were added to the agenda. A partnership with the government: In 1925 DMA joined hands with government in implementing the health schemes and extending support in fighting epidemics and giving free vaccinations to the public. The association got recognized by University Code, Indian Red Cross Society and various other Advisory Bodies.
In 1926 the first office of the association was rented in Jama Masjjd Dispensary. With the effort of senior consultant Lt Col G.D. Franklin, a plot of land was acquired at Ansari Road at a nominal cost of Rs. 1237 in 1926. A sum of Rs. 6500 was raised and a hall, office, library room and servant quarters were built in the DMA building at Ansari Road in the year 1933. Opening ceremony of the building was performed by Dr. G B Deshmukh, Dr.J K Saini, President and Dr. D.L. Burman, Secretary.
In 1928 Indian Medical Association was established and efforts were made to convert DMA into a provincial branch of IMA.
In 1941DMA was completely amalgamated with IMA and was recognized as its provincial branch with the distinction that it shall retain its original name.
DMA was declared one of the oldest medical associations in the world in 1941.
In 1947 with the Indian Independence influx of all medical men in Delhi was the greatest. The prospects increased day by day when many displaced medical persons were incorporated into the umbrella of DMA.The old hall with a seating capacity of 100 (constructed when its membership was 40) was found to be inadequate.
In 1954 Dr. B.K. Sikand, President, decided to erect a new and bigger house of DMA. In the next two years, Dr. D C Golatia and Dr. Prem Narain, President did fund raising campaign for the building. In 1959President Col. Ameer Chand resolved to take up the construction work in right earnest. In 1960 the architects M/s Sathe and Kothari were appointed by the Executive Committee on 4th February, 1960. On 14th August, 1960, the foundation stone of the executive building was laid by Dr. Col. Ameer Chand.
On 14th August, 1963, Dr. Sushila Nayar Union Health Minister performed opening ceremony of the new building.
New DMA Auditorium was inaugurated by Shri L.K. Advani, Hon’ble Union Home Minister, Govt. of India on 26.03.2001.
Pinnacle of glory for our association was Grand Centenary Celebrations of DMA at prestigious Vigyan Bhawan in August 2014 in presence of Galaxy of Medical Luminaries alongwith Distinguished Union Ministers such as Hon’ble Mr. Arun Jaitely, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Dr. Jitendra Singh and Dr. Mahesh Sharma and other prominent dignitaries.
Now, Delhi Medical Association is the highest and biggest platform of doctors of medicine involved into mass scale vaccination, health checkup camps, measles and pulse polio programmes Blood donation camps, Anti Quackery movement, conference etc…. Today DMA has totally decentralized all its activities to all its thirteen branches spread all over Delhi and is now fully devoted for its total work up on health policies and other issues of Delhi Govt., National & International health agencies and health associations.Read More