Amid a raging controversy over freshmen from Medical College Hospital, Kolkata being administered the new ‘Charak’ oath, Dr. Raghunath Mishra, director of the prestigious college on Tuesday said it was an error stemming from misunderstood communication. The clarification came a day after freshmen from the 187-year-old medical college were asked to take the “Charak Shapath” (oath named after the author of an ancient Indian medical text) proposed by the National Medical Council, in instead of the traditional Hippocratic oath.
“There was a video conference with NMC officials a few days ago. During that conference there was a reference to Charak Shapath. Our staff and officials misunderstood it as an official guideline (mandatory to follow) and gave it to freshmen,” Mishra told PTI. “It was an error on our part … we misunderstood the reference as an official guideline,” he said.
The NMC, the medical education regulatory body that replaced India’s Medical Council two years ago, had suggested several weeks ago that medical colleges should replace the traditional Hippocratic Oath with the Charak Oath, taken from an ancient text “Charak Samhita.” ‘ (text by Charak).
The director said interns normally receive the Hippocratic Oath, an age-old code of ethics for physicians around the world that asks doctors to promise beneficial treatment, refrain from causing harm and keep confidential information. character of a patient.
“There has never been a case where we took Charak’s oath. We’re just following the age-old system of administering the Hippocratic Oath,” the director said. NMC’s initial proposal had seen many doctors and others protest that a sacred tradition followed internationally was being replaced by a new oath based on Shlokas just to adhere to certain ideologies.
Although many other doctors saw no harm in changing tradition. On Tuesday, the Medical Service Center, an organization of doctors and the Democratic Students Organization (DSO) unit of Calcutta Medical College, threatened to protest the ‘Charak’ oath that freshmen had to swear by.
“It is against the spirit of established conventions of the medical profession where interns take the Hippocratic Oath. This is an attempt to impose a theory propagated by RSS and BJP,” said Secretary of the Medical Service Center Dr. Angshuman Mitra. All-India DSO Medical Unit Spokesperson Dr. Soumyadip Roy told PTI, “We are stunned how this could happen in a leading medical university in the country.” He said the forum would submit a deputation to the Medical College against the decision.
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