While the IMA has castigated Aamir Khan’s Satyamev Jayate for asking him to apologise for misrepresenting doctors, two other medical institutions the Medico Friends Circle (MFC) and the Forum for Medical Ethics Society (FMES) have thrown their weight behind the actor.
Talking to a reputed daily, Dr Abhay Shukla, member of the MFC said, “We need to listen to the central message of the show and take steps to address the issues.” The MFC and FMES have written a joint letter to the IMA urging them to re-think their stance and try to see the core issue. Tagging Aamir’s show as a “wake up call” and advising IMA not to “silence the messenger”, the MFC and the FMES believe that people from the fraternity should focus on bettering the health care system and thus earn the good will back.
The letter drafted by the two bodies read, “Instead, the IMA should try to reverse the current widespread unregulated commercialisation of healthcare in the country, and contribute to the process of health system reforms for eliminating the distortions in medical practice. This would prove to be beneficial to patients and would also raise the dignity of the medical profession.” The MFC has been in operation for long in the country and have health professionals, social activists and scientists working towards upgrading the healthcare system in the country. The FMES has doctors and other health professionals on board to campaign for reforms in the medical system.
Aamir Khan had earlier said that he had no reason to apologise and was even ready to face legal action.