IMA on strike from today: OPDs to close for 12 hours

Dialogue can sort out the National Medical Commission row

IMA on strike from today: OPDs to close for 12 hours

In Bengaluru, around 200 medical students under the Karnataka Medical Students and Youth Doctors Association gathered on Monday to hold a protest.

In protest of the National Medical Commission Bill which seeks to replace the Medical Council of India with a new body, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has launched a strike, suspending routine services for 12 hours on Tuesday. It will replace the Medical Council of India (MCI) besides allowing practitioners of alternative medicines, such as homoeopathy and ayurveda, to practice allopathy after completing a bridge course. The IMA has called for a one-day strike against the bill today.

Healthcare services at many private hospitals across the country were affected after the doctors suspended OPD services and even postponed surgeries.

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

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Doctors in Kerala will go on strike today as part of a nationwide protest against various provisions in the Centre's proposed National Medical Commission Bill.

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

The bill also allows private colleges to decide fee for 60 per cent of the seats; it is 15 per cent now.

The bill is also aimed at bringing reforms in the medical education sector which has been under scrutiny for corruption and unethical practices. Dr Kumar said a six-month bridge course for AYUSH professionals can not be equated to four years of medical education.

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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.

IMA, which is not a statutory body, has been opposing the Bill to set up the NMC ever since it received the union cabinet clearance earlier last month, and has demanded amendments in it.

"The NMC Bill in the present form is not acceptable".

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