The Indian Medical Association has morphed into a body representing the trade and commerce of medicine rather than the practice of medicine as a whole. Given the increasingly commercial and corporatised nature of healthcare, organisations like the IMA should provide leadership and a sense of direction to the individual medical professional overwhelmed by change. They should protect the individual rights of doctors working in an increasingly cut-throat private sector which uses professionals as pawns in a game.

The Medical Council of India (MCI) in an amendment to its existing code of conduct, the Indian Medical Council (professional conduct, etiquette and ethics) regulations 2002, has proposed sweeping guidelines on the relationship between the pharmaceutical industry and the medical profession in India. (Editorial)