NRI doctors soon to be allowed to practice in India

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) is to sign an MoU with the Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GAPIO) that will allow them short-stint practice in India, thereby filling to some extent the gap created by the shortage of 1.7 million doctors in India. Currently only Indian citizens are allowed to practice in the country, while NRI doctors are permitted to work only for teaching, research, and charitable purposes with the prior approval of the IMA. Addressing the 89th national conference on IMA NATCON 2014 in Ahmedabad, World Medical Association president Dr Ketan Desai announced that the Centre will place the draft of the new health policy in the public domain in January. To curb corruption the IMA is drafting ethical and unethical codes of conduct and there will be restrictions on irrational prescription of drugs. The code of conduct will also restrict doctors from adding patients on FB friend lists and there will be a cap on e-consultations.