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Doctors in Kerala to join nationwide strike against bill today

Doctors in Kerala to join nationwide strike against bill today

Notably, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) had on Monday called for a 12-hour shutdown of all private hospitals in the country on Tuesday to protest the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2017, that seeks to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI).

The Delhi Medical Association is supporting the IMA's protest and has called on private and corporate hospitals in the national capital to keep their OPD services closed. "The goal of the Bill is to replace the existing Medical Council of India (MCI) with the National Medical Council".

The bill is likely to come up for discussion in parliament today.

3 lakh doctors went on strike today across the nation. 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. The IMA has called for a one-day strike against the bill today. "Talks are on. We have heard them and also presented our views".




"We have been forced to protest as we have no other option", said Indian Medical Association official N Sulphi.

"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". 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. "Abolishing a democratic institution and replacing it with a body in which a majority is nominated by the government, is certainly a retrograde step", Dr K K Aggarwal said.

He said the bill should be submitted before the selection committee for scrutiny.

Some other contentions with the bill include representation of just five states at any given point in time in the NMC, bringing the state medical councils under the NMC. It also proposes to allow practitioners of alternative medicines like homoeopathy and ayurveda to practise modern medicine after attending a short-term "bridge course".


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