Indian Medical Association rallies behind the doctor;condemns behaviour of media

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Statement released to press by Dr.G.Pradeep Kumar and Dr.Vrinda G Kamath, President and secretary of IMA Udupi – Manipal Branch:

“The prime duty of a doctor in an emergency room is to save the life of a patient and give immediate treatment. We the doctors are duty bound to keep professional secrecy and also respect the sentiments of the patients right to privacy”

“During the course of the treatment, a patient may be scantily dressed and taking pictures in such a situation tantamounts to violation of the patients’ right or privacy. It is prudent on the part of the media that they seek prior permission of the doctor and the hospital authorities to ascertain if the patient is willing and only then they shall take statements or pictures”

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