Code prohibits doctors from taking gifts from Pharma Cos

first_imgNew Delhi: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Friday said the code of conduct for medical practitioners prohibits doctors from taking gifts, travel facilities, hospitality or cash from pharmaceutical and allied health sector industry. Vardhan also said in Lok Sabha that the government has received some complaints of unethical marketing practices by pharmaceutical companies and the CEOs of such companies will be held responsible for such malpractices. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! The minister said the code of conduct for doctors in their relationship with pharmaceutical and allied sector industry of the Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulation, 2002 prohibits doctors from taking gifts, travel facilities, hospitality and cash or monetary grants from pharmaceutical and allied health sector industry. The said regulation empowers the Medical Council of India and respective State Medical Councils to award punishment to a doctor against any act in violation of code of Ethics for doctors, he said during Question Hour. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed Vardhan said such complaints are referred by MCI to the State Medical Councils concerned where doctors and medical practitioners are registered. The MCI is an Appellate Authority. The minister said the Department of Pharmaceuticals has received some complaints of unethical marketing practices by pharmaceutical companies. Vardhan said as informed by Department of Pharmaceuticals, the complaints received are forwarded to Pharma Associations concerned for necessary action as per provisions of Uniform Code for Pharmaceutical Marketing Practices (UCPMP), as prepared by Department of Pharmaceuticals. The Managing Director or CEO of the pharma company is ultimately responsible for ensuring adherence to the code, he said.last_img read more

Great Ormond Street wants Charlie Gard moved to hospice to die by

first_imgThe judge extended a deadline until noon on Thursday for Charlie’s parents – Miss Yates and Chris Gard – to find a paediatric intensive care team that could look after the little boy around the clock.Last night, Miss Yates made a desperate plea for a specialist doctor to come forward. She wrote on Facebook: “URGENT we need a paediatric intensive care consultant to come forward to assist and facilitate with a hospice stay by 12pm tomorrow, we will pay privately. Please only email if you can help us! We need some peaceful time with our baby boy.” Connie Yates arriving at the High Court on Tuesday afternoonCredit:Carl Court/Getty Connie Yates, mother of terminally-ill 11-month-old Charlie Gard, arrives at the GOSH had pushed for Charlie’s final days not to be dragged out. Charlie’s parents, who live in Bedfont, west London, withdrew an application on Monday seeking to have the little boy, who suffers from a rare genetic syndrome, transferred to a hospital in New York for experimental therapy. Fiona Paterson, GOSH’s barrister, told the court earlier: “It is the view of the clinical team we need to press ahead and transfer Charlie to a hospice by no later than Friday. It is simply unacceptable if this drags on another week. It is a strain on everyone involved to allow this to carry on. It is simply for no gain.”She said the transfer to the hospice should take place by Friday morning.At the start of another difficult court hearing, the parents’ barrister, Grant Armstrong, offered a glimmer of hope after a “doctor who has previous experience as a surgeon in intensive care” had come forward to provide the care for Charlie at home or at a hospice for a number of days. But the court discovered that the doctor, who cannot be named, turned out to be a GP with “no experience of intensive care medicine”. Connie Yates, Charlie Gard’s mother, arrives at the High Court on Wednesday afternoonCredit:DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP “I do want to deal with the notion this issue is being dealt with by a judge because we have socialised medicine in this country,” he said, explaining his role was to decide what was best for Charlie because the hospital and his parents were in dispute. “The notion the state is involved because we have a national health service is pure nonsense,” he added. Connie Yates A family friend accused Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) of making it too difficult to put a team in place.The friend said: “The hospital have set the bar so high that in terms of the clinical team for Charlie’s end of life nothing seemed good enough for GOSH. “It is extraordinarily sad that there’s been so much fuss about him dying at home. Connie and Chris have conceded a hospice but it was not their first choice. They will be devastated they have not been granted their final wishes as parents.”The precise timing of Charlie’s final hours were discussed at a hearing held behind closed doors because of the sensitivity. The judge made an order – the details of which were kept secret – that gives the precise deadline for Charlie’s removal from GOSH and the length of time he can remain in a hospice before his ventilator tube is removed. Charlie Gard is expected to be removed from the care of Great Ormond Street Hospital and taken to a hospice to die by Friday, the High Court has been told.Charlie’s mother Connie Yates broke down in court after being told her final wish for her 11-month-old son, that he be allowed to spend a week at home before his death, had been turned down.“What if that was your child?” she sobbed before saying: “I cannot be in the same room as him” possibly in reference to the judge. She then stormed out.Mr Justice Francis ruled today that Charlie could be taken to a hospice, where he would spend a few hours before his life support is switched off. Nurses from GOSH had also volunteered their services but without specialist consultants in place, the judge ruled that Charlie could not be kept on a ventilator for days outside the hospital.Mr Justice Francis also took a swipe at the American Right, which has been using the case to claim universal healthcare had failed Charlie. Show more Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more