Professional codes, dual loyalties and the spotlight on corruption
The ugly but well known and hitherto cheerfully accepted phenomenon of corruption in the health system has once again come to haunt the healthcare professions in India. It is no accident of history that the birth of The Indian Journal of Medical Ethics was intimately connected to the brazen corruption evident in the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) elections in 1992. But while health professionals associated with IJME understood corruption as a gross violation of ethics, mainstream doctors looked at it as a necessary evil, essential to survive in a highly competitive medical entrepreneurial environment.
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