Doctors all set to go on 12-hour strike

Doctors all set to go on 12-hour strike

A top team from the Indian Medical Association met Nadda in New Delhi yesterday and raised their concerns.

The Bill that seeks to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI) with a new regulatory body has rattled the country's medical fraternity.

Indian Medical Council has also agreed to the provisions of National Medical Commission bill 2017.

At a time when government was struggling to get the triple tlalaq bill passed in Rajya Sabha, healthcare facilities across the country were disrupted on Tuesday when over 2.9 lakh doctors went on a 12-hour strike in protest against the National Medical Commission (MNC) Bill, scheduled for consideration in Lok Sabha on Friday. "We have heard them and also presented our views".

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. The protests come as the Bill is set to be taken up for discussion in Parliament on Tuesday.

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The IMA claimed that it has the support of over 25,000 doctors from the government and private sector as well as 10,000 medical students in the state. The new National Commission Bill includes the bridge course proposal which would enable alternative medicine practitioners to practise allopathy from medical universities which is equal to MBBS course. "This will definitely make medical education in India highly expensive", he said. Talking about the same, Dr Shivkumar Utture, Member and President of Maharashtra Medical Council, IMA said "We are not against the NMC bill, but the problems and the laws that apply to it cause general patients to suffer".

He said the IMA has chose to submit a memorandum against the bill to elected representatives including Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar tomorrow.

"Under NMC, 60 percent of the seats will be open for the private colleges to fix a fee of their choice, which means instead of 15 percent students, now 60 percent students will be paying a hefty sum in fee".

Tandon also said: "The NMC proposes two registers - one for the urban and the other for the ones who have undertaken the bridge course".

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