Indian Medical Association calls for 12-hour nationwide strike

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

The medicos went on a protest march from Power House Chhak to Raj Bhawan Square holding banners and placards.

A team of representatives of the MCI State unit woud later meet Governor SC Jamir and submit a memorandum addressed to the President of India.

Outpatient services in private and government hospitals in the state are likely to be hit on Tuesday due to the protest by doctors against the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill. The Bill was tabled in the Lok Sabha last week.

Dr Pednekar said NMC is a pro-private management bill "which will pave the way for widespread corruption".

"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.

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The Bill seeks to allow practitioners of Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Yoga and other alternative medicines to enter the field of modern medicine after completing a "bridge course", said the doctors. "The amendments should be in favour of doctors", Dr Bharath Kumar, president, Karnataka Medical Students and Youth Doctors Association. Unscientific mixing of different systems of medicine would only endanger patients' lives, he said. "Indian doctors with their pristine recognition in worldwide arena will lose their stature and demand".

Meanwhile, the All India Medical Students' Association too has joined the strike call of IMA and has called for a student strike on Tuesday. "Subsequently all short-term courses in modern medicine were abolished".

"The doctors who undergo the bridge course, as proposed by the government, will be treated as half-qualified doctors". No Joint Council meetings to formulate them.

Section 15 of the Bill provided for a mandatory licentiate examination for MBBS graduates. Legitimate inspection and appropriate regulation on starting and running a Medical College.

After the new bill, private colleges will no longer need permission to increase number of seats in undergraduate and postgraduate seats as they would be able do that on their own.



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