Indian Medical Association Kerala Unit Criticizes Center’s Decision To Replace Hippocratic Oath – The New Indian Express

Through Express press service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The State Section of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has come out against the suggestion of the National Medical Commission (NMC) to replace the Hippocratic Oath with Charak Shapath when convoking medical graduates. He stated that Charak Shapath was not created from the perspective of modern medicine.

“These oaths must follow an international perspective and they must be beyond the views of caste, race, gender and creed. The oath is for the betterment of human beings and it must be adapted to modern science which promotes constant questioning and corrections, while Charak Shapath is based on regionalism and insists on aspects that impede the personal freedom of patients, encourage superstition and are not suited to scientific methods,” said a joint statement from the president. of State of the IMA, Dr. Samuel Koshy, and Secretary of State, Dr. Joseph Benaven.

“The IMA is concerned that the proposed oath will result in the exclusion of the global community from modern medicine and set the industry back,” the statement added. The state branch demanded swift action from the authorities to right the wrong.

The replacement suggestion was made at a recent meeting of the NMC, the regulatory body for medical education and practice in the country. The minutes of the meeting indicate that the oath during the white coat ceremony will be “Maharishi Charak Shapath” instead of the Hippocratic oath.

The Hippocratic Oath is an ethical code for new medical graduates believed to have been written by ancient Greek physician Hippocrates. The World Medical Association (WMA) revised the oath and introduced it as the Geneva Declaration in 1948. It outlines in concise terms the professional duties of physicians and affirms the ethical principles of the global medical profession.

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