Doctors’ overseas trips financed by pharma companies cannot be accepted as legal, says Income Tax Tribunal

Friday, September 23, 2016

“The payment of overseas trips of doctors and their spouses for entertainment, by the pharma company, in lieu of expectation of getting patient referrals from doctors for its products so as to generate more business and profits, by any stretch of imagination cannot be accepted as legal.”

India has 2 lakh unemployed doctors: Dr K K Aggarwal

Dehradun: India currently has over two lakh qualified doctors who are unemployed and can be effectively deployed in community health centres and primary health centres to improve the basic health services in the country, said Dr K K Aggarwal, president elect of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), at a media interaction here on Wednesday.

NEET-PG 2017 to be held during December 5-13

New Delhi: The National Board of Examinations (NBE) will be conducting the NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) for postgraduate medical courses between December 5 and 13 while for postgraduate dental courses, the test will be held on November 30 in 86 centres across 41 cities in the country.

Paediatrician fined Rs 11 lakh for negligence

Mumbai: Dr Ramesh Iyer, a paediatrician, will now have to pay compensation of Rs 11 lakh for negligence to the mother of a two-and-a-half-year-old who died of pneumonia, after he did not perform an emergency procedure on the “flimsy excuse” that the child’s father, an astrologer, had refused to consent as the planetary influence was bad. The state consumer commission on Monday said it was for the doctor, under whose care the child was in the days preceding her death in March 2003, to ensure the best medical treatment was given to her.

Doctors’ overseas trips financed by pharma companies cannot be accepted as legal, says Income Tax Tribunal

Mumbai: The Mumbai bench of the Income-Tax Appellate Tribunal, in an order (related to Liva Healthcare, a pharma company specialising in skincare formulations) dated September 12, observed: “The payment of overseas trips of doctors and their spouses for entertainment, by the pharma company, in lieu of expectation of getting patient referrals from doctors for its products so as to generate more business and profits, by any stretch of imagination cannot be accepted as legal.”

Minister terms doctors ‘bull-headed’

Bhopal: “Doctors are like Kuchra Bail (a local slang for bullheaded) who do not work on instructions but are self-willed. When we point out their mistakes they threaten to quit the job. So, it is difficult to assign work to them,” said Faggan Singh Kulaste, union minister of state for health and family welfare, while talking to reporters in Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh. Kulaste made the remarks while visiting the district hospital about which he received several complaints of negligence by the doctors.

President calls on young doctors to improve healthcare system

New Delhi: Concerned over the spurt in dengue and chikungunya cases, President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday asked young doctors to strive for overcoming the deficiencies in the healthcare system so that such vector-borne diseases become a thing of the past. Mukherjee was speaking at the centenary celebrations and convocation of Lady Hardinge Medical College here.

Increase in doctor’s retirement age would enable government to post them in dispensaries, polyclinics: Nadda

New Delhi: The main reason behind the increase in the retirement age of medical officers and non-teaching specialists is that those professionals can be posted to dispensaries and specialist polyclinics to enable the common man benefit from their experience and expertise, Health Minister J P Nadda said on Wednesday, while addressing the centenary convocation of Lady Hardinge Medical College.

Apollo Medical College permitted to admit MBBS students

Hyderabad: The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday granted permission to Apollo Institute of Medical Sciences & Research for admission of students to the MBBS course for the academic year 2016-17. The institute will have a 320-bed government hospital in Chittoor district as the teaching hospital under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model with the Andhra Pradesh government.

Japanese encephalitis made a ‘notifiable’ disease

New Delhi: The union health ministry on Wednesday termed Japanese encephalitis a “notifiable disease”, directing states to ensure that doctors inform local health officers about every case in efforts to improve estimates of this potentially lethal viral infection.

Max Hospital oncologists booked for negligence, cheating

New Delhi: Rahul Talwar, a resident of Amritsar, has filed an FIR against the oncology department of Max Superspeciality Hospital, Saket, in south Delhi, alleging negligence after he was operated upon for cancer and reconstructive plastic surgery, only to learn later that he did not have cancer at all.

Supreme Court bans counselling by private medical colleges

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday said that private medical colleges cannot conduct counselling for admission to MBBS and BDS courses. The admission process, the court said, would be done through centralised counselling conducted by the state governments concerned.

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