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Bihar ire on Ramadoss

Anbumani Ramadoss’s suggestion that a doctor from Bihar was the sole cause for the UK de-recognising MBBS graduates from India has sparked protests in the state, reports Jaya Shroff.

india Updated: Dec 18, 2007 02:30 IST
Jaya Shroff

Anbumani Ramadoss’s suggestion that a doctor from Bihar was the sole cause for the UK de-recognising MBBS graduates from India has sparked protests in the state.

People burnt effigies of the Union Health Minister on Monday demanding his removal after his controversial address at a medical fraternity meet in New Delhi on Friday.

Addressing American Association of Physicians of Indian origin, he reportedly laid the blame of the UK

de-recognising MBBS graduates on a doctor from Bihar.

“A single doctor cannot be the sole cause for de-recognising the Indian degree. The honourable minister should either produce documents to support his claims or apologise to all the doctors and the Bihari community” said Dr Ajay Kumar, the president Indian Medical Association, on Monday. “We are extremely upset at the minister’s public display of bias against the community and out of context speech.”

“It is unfortunate that the Union minister is making such an irresponsible comment. First, he wanted to divide the medical community using caste as a weapon and now, he is instigating regionalism among the doctors,” said Dr Kumar Harsh, president of the Resident Doctors Association, All India Institute of Medical Sciences. “We condemn his reckless omments and demand a public apology."