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

Jan 02, 2018, 11:08
OPD Doctors on 12-Hour Strike Against National Medical Commission Bill

Parthiv Sanghvi of Indian Medical Association says that the central government has left us with no option but to call it a "black day" in the history of medical profession.

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.

IMA President said the bill will create totally government nominated body called NMC which will replace democratically elected Medical Council Of India.

There is also a strong resentment against the examination that will be conducted by the NMC for medical students after completion of the course to be eligible as practising doctors.

The National Medical Commission Bill 2017, which tries to find to replace and subsume the Medical Council of India (MCI) with a new body tabled in the Rajya Sabha today.

"The National Medical Commission in its present form is not acceptable to us".

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While doctors in government hospitals will continue their services, they will observe a "Black Day" by wearing a black arm band as their way of participating in the strike.

The bill is likely to come up for discussion in Parliament on Tuesday.

IMA has been strongly opposing the bill, saying it will "cripple" the functioning of medical professionals. To register its protest, the association urged its 2.9 lakh members to participate in the strike from 6 am to 6 pm on Tuesday.

Doctors pursuing Indian systems of medicine, including Ayurveda, and homoeopathy may be allowed to practice allopathy after clearing a bridge course, according to a Bill introduced in the Lok Sabha.

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. Senior doctors from IMA are protesting another proposal of NMC which allows unrestricted fee in 60 per cent of medical seats in private medical colleges.