Doctors' countrywide strike against NMC bill begins

Casey Dawson
January 2, 2018

OPD services in Karnataka's Hubli and other cities in the states were also affected.

IMA Hubballi unit president Dr G B Sathoora said outpatient departments will remain closed on Tuesday.

A medical advisory council, including one member representing each state and Union territory (vice-chancellors in both cases), the chairman, University Grants Commission, and the director of the National Accreditation and Assessment Council will make recommendations to the NMC. However, the doctors were wearing black bands as a mark of protest.

Meanwhile, the All India Medical Students' Association too has joined the strike call of IMA and has called for a student strike on Tuesday.

"We spoke to Indian Medical Association yesterday". "Talks are on. We have heard them and also presented our views".

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The former president of IMA Dr KK Aggarwal had urged the government to redraft the Bill and rectify some of its provisions to protect the interest of the medical practitioners."The Bill takes away the voting right of every doctor in India to elect their medical council", he opined.

The IMA has strongly opposed the NMC bill, saying it will "cripple" the functioning of medical professionals by making them completely answerable to the bureaucracy and non-medical administrators. "A bill to regulate the medical education and medical practice without the concurrence of the medical profession will be a disaster", said a statement from the association.

Bill, which was tabled at the Indian parliament last week, is likely to come up for discussion on Tuesday. According to it, the 15% seats of the private medical colleges will be decided by the management of fees.

Condemning the NMC Bill of 2017 Tandon also said: "This is basically not the National Medical Commission but a local medical commission".

OPDs in private hospitals will not work between 6 6 p.m. tomorrow to protest against the "undemocratic, anti-poor, non-representative and anti-federal" bill, the IMA said, adding that emergency and critical care services are exempted from the protest.

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