No proposal to replace traditional Hippocratic Oath with Charak Shapath, says govt
The health ministry has denied reports of replacing the medical oath taken by doctors with ‘Charak Shapath’.
NMC had reportedly suggested a replacement for Hippocratic Oath taken by doctors. (Photo- Representational Image)
The government on Tuesday said there is no proposal to replace the Hippocratic Oath with Charak Shapath. Minister of State (MoS) of health Bharati Pawar said in Rajya Sabha that government does not intend to change the oath taken by doctors.
‘As informed by the National Medical Commission (NMC), there is no proposal of replacement of Hippocratic Oath with Charak Shapath,’ the minister said in his reply to an unstarred question.
Hippocratic Oath is a charter of ethical principles. Doctors take a pledge to uphold these in practice of their profession. It comes from the Greek physician Hippocrates. Meanwhile, Charak Shapath is attributed to ancient Indian medical system, Ayurveda.
The issue was raised when NMC reportedly suggested the replacement of oath taken by doctors, during a discussion with all medical colleges on February 7.
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