OPD Doctors on 12-Hour Strike Against National Medical Commission Bill

02 January, 2018, 11:56 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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Several doctors across Tamil Nadu on Tuesday boycotted outpatient duty and shut clinics to protest against the National Medical Commission Bill which has been introduced in the Parliament. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has directed the panel to file its report before the Budget session.

OPD (Out-Patient Department) services of private hospitals are likely to be hit, although emergency and critical services will remain open. "This bill is anti-poor, anti-people, non-representative, undemocratic and anti-federal in character", newly-appointed IMA national president Dr Ravi Wankhedkar said.

The former president of IMA said Dr K K Aggarwal also slammed the proposed bill.

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In Bengaluru, around 200 medical students under the Karnataka Medical Students and Youth Doctors Association gathered on Monday to hold a protest. It also proposes to allow practitioners of alternative medicines like homoeopathy and ayurveda to practise modern medicine after attending a short-term "bridge course".

Addressing a press conference here, Dr. Parthiv Sanghvi of IMA, said, "The IMA is against the National Medical Commission because it is a government body where 90 percent members will be nominated by the government".

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. He also added that talks were on with the Indian Medical Association to dissolve the issue.

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The bill has provisions that would adversely affect the health sector and medical education in the country, he alleged.

"The NMC Bill will affect the medical profession as nearly 80 percent members in the medical body will be nominated by the government, and only 10-20 percent will be the elected members".

An IMA statement read: "The NMC in the present form is not acceptable".

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