National Doctor's Day 2023

National Doctor’s Day is celebrated on 1 July every year in India. The day is important as it acknowledges the important contribution of doctors and physicians, and thanks them for their relentless service to humanity. The day also marks the birth as well as the death anniversary of renowned physician Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy.

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Observed on 1July
First National Doctor’s Day 1 July 1991
Theme for 2023 ‘Celebrating Resilience and Healing Hands’
Theme for 2022 ‘Family Doctors on the Front Line’
Theme for 2021 ‘Save the Saviours’
Theme for 2020 ‘Lessen the mortality of Covid-19’
Importance The Day marks the birth and death anniversary of Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy
Organisation Indian Medical Association (IMA) celebrates National Doctor’s Day across India.

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About National Doctor’s Day

  • It is observed to recognise the efforts and contributions of the doctor’s community to society and to celebrate doctor’s commitment to their profession.
  • This day shows gratitude to doctors who selflessly aid people in time of need and tirelessly work for the health of their patients.
  • Doctor’s Day is celebrated across different countries and is not limited to India. However, there is no date dedicated to celebrate the day internationally. In the United States Doctor’s Day is celebrated on March 30 while in Cuba it is observed on December 3. Iran celebrates it on August 23.

History of National Doctor’s Day

  • For the first time, Doctor’s Day was observed in Georgia, United States, in March 1933.
  • The day was celebrated by giving cards to doctors and placing flowers on graves of doctors and physicians who have passed away.
  • First National Doctors’ Day in India was celebrated in 1991 to honour Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy, who established institutions such as Chittaranjan Cancer Hospital and Chittaranjan Seva Sadan.

About Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy-

  • Dr B.C. Roy was a physician, a freedom fighter, an educationist and a politician.
  • Dr Roy was born on July 1, 1882, and passed away on July 1, 1962.
  • Dr Roy was a follower of Brahmo Samaj. He also led the Civil disobedience movement (began in 1930) in Bengal.
  • Dr Bandhan Roy served as the second Chief Minister of West Bengal.
  • He was awarded the country’s highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna in 1961.
  • The B.C. Roy National Award was instituted in 1976, in his name for work in the area of medicine, politics, science, philosophy, literature and arts.

Read about Civil Disobedience Movement in the linked article.

Significance of National Doctor’s Day, 2021

  • Doctors are one of the most important members of our society. Their role became even more significant during the Covid-19 pandemic. Many Doctors have put their lives at risk to serve the people, and so many lost their lives in the fight against the deadly virus.
  • National Doctor’s Day 2021 was dedicated to all the medical professionals who lost their lives in line of duty during COVID-19 pandemic and all the doctors and healthcare workers who are serving as frontline workers.
  • Indian Medical Association (IMA) has paid homage to martyrs and awarded Doctor’s Day Awards to eminent doctors.
  • On the occasion, IMA announced the formation of IMA Benevolent Fund. This fund will be devoted to its member doctors who have died while serving on Covid-19 duty.

Indian Medical Association (IMA)

  • It’s a national voluntary organisation of physicians in India, that takes care of the interest of doctors and the well-being of the community at large.
  • Headquartered in New Delhi.
  • It was established in 1928.
  • IMA in 1946 helped in the organisation of the World Medical Association (WMA), and thus became its founder member. WMA has its headquarters in France.

Also read about the Medical Council of India(MCI) by clicking the link.

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