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Medical Fraternity in Pune Divided Over Keeping Records of HIV+ Patients

DNA India
09 December 2010
By Nozia Sayyed
Pune, India

A section of the city’s medical fraternity is upset with the Medical Council of India (MCI) for issuing fresh guidelines on the maintenance of detailed records of HIV-positive patients and their line of treatment.

Private doctors have questioned the rationale of the MCI in issuing such a directive to them since they refer all HIV cases to government hospitals for treatment.

Former president of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Pune, Dr Avinash Bhondwe said, "We hardly get any HIV–positive patients and private practitioners are not known to treat these patients. Then why were these set of guidelines for maintaining details been issued?"

President of IMA, Pune, Dr Sharad Agarkhedkar, told DNA, "Even if an HIV–positive patient turns up at a clinic or a hospital, he is immediately referred to the anti–retroviral therapy centre set up by the government. We do not treat HIV–positive patients."

However, he added that the new guidelines issued by the MCI were welcome as they would help in creating national data on HIV/AIDS.

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