Hyderabad: IMA gives strike call to private hospitals against NMC

Doctors in Mumbai to protest against NMC bill on January 2 marking it a black day

Mumbai Share Now Share Tweet Share

Bill, which was tabled at the Indian parliament last week, is likely to come up for discussion on Tuesday.

Healthcare services in private hospitals in Goa are likely to remain affected tomorrow as the Goa unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) today chose to join a protest called against a bill seeking to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI) with a new body.

Tandon, meanwhile, said: "The government through this Bill, is trying to bring in two categories in medical education - the urban sector and the rural sector". However, emergency and critical services would continue.

Emergency services at government hospitals were not affected.

The bill also has provisions for allowing doctors under Indian systems of medicine, including Ayurveda and homeopathy, to be allowed to practice allopathy after a six-month bridge course. Therefore, about 3 lakh doctors from the private and government hospital of the country will be on strike today.

However, the services in state-run hospitals, including the Goa Medical College, would remain unaffected as the Goa Association of Resident Doctors (GARD) have decided against shutting down OPDs.

Dr Vivek Chouksey, President Federation of Resident Doctors Association, said, "It is a bill that the politicians are trying to push through and we are against it but we also don't want patients to suffer".

The strike shall be in effect from 6:00 am onwards on the proposed date until 6:00 pm, and as per the protest, this day will be observed as a black day.

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

"NMC is an anti-poor bill with pro-private management clauses".

The government, however, maintained that the bill is beneficial for the medical fraternity.

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.

No permission would be needed to add new seats or to start post-graduate courses, it says.

S. Korea holds Panama oil tanker suspected of N. Korea trade
China's manufacturing sector to continue expanding in 2018