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Law to prevent govt doctors from taking company favours soon

November 30, 2009, 1:04 IST

The Centre today said it would soon frame a law to prevent government doctors from receiving gifts and cash from pharmaceutical companies.

“Doctors take favours from pharma companies either in the form of cash or in kind and in return give unnecessary favour to them...They prescribe costly medicines of that company...To stop this, the Centre has decided to formulate a law and implement it soon,” Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Gulam Nabi Azad said at a Nationalistic Doctor’s Forum programme.

Azad said the Centre would set up an AIIMS-like institute in West Bengal soon and the state government has already agreed to allot 100-acre land for the purpose.

The Union government has sanctioned Rs 890 crore for the 960-bed hospital with super-speciality facility, he said.

A central fund of Rs 140 crore has also been sanctioned for upgrading Calcutta Medical College and Hospital.

He said the Centre has also decided to go in for a private-public partnership to accelerate and improve the healthcare system of the country.

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