Thursday, 18 January, 2018

IMA to protest against NMC Bill

The Indian Medical Association has called for a 12-hour shutdown of all private hospitals in the country on Tuesday to protest the National Medical Commission Bill 2017 IMA's countrywide protest: Medicos stage demo in Odisha capital
Lillian Steele | 02 January, 2018, 11:56

According to IMA Goa President Ajay Pednekar the routine OPD services of clinics and hospital across Goa will remain closed from 6 am to 6 pm on January 2.

However, the emergency services have not been affected.

The bill is to be presented in the winter session of the parliament that calls for dissolving the Medical Council of India (MCI) and set up the National Medical Council in place to curb the issues ailing the medical education in the country.

The draft bill was introduced by Union Health Minister JP Nadda in Lok Sabha on Thursday to replace and subsume the MCI.

The doctors began their 12-hour long strike at 6 am in the morning today. The Ministry has also sought a compliance report from the hospitals. The structure of National Medical Commission is draconian, undemocratic, unparliamentarian and against the basic ethos and ethics that have been upheld by the Medical Council of India.

"We want the central government to reconsider the National Medical Commission Bill".

The bill also has provisions for granting permission to the doctors under Indian systems of medicine, including Ayurveda, to be allowed to practice allopathy after clearing a bridge course. The IMA has called for a one-day strike against the bill today. "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. The IMA has opposed the bill saying it will "cripple" medical professionals' functioning by making them answerable to the bureaucracy and non-medical administrators.

Similarly in Karnataka, hundreds of private hospitals shut their OPDs to protest against the NMC Bill, 2017.

Dr Veeranna said the appointment of members to the commission is not by election, but rather by nomination by the Union government. He said that the new proposal in the bill is not acceptable to them.

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