Doctor's strike observes today against National Commission Bill

Medical association calls for suspension of private healthcare services across India on Tuesday

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. Doctors protested in parts of Delhi, Tamil Nadu and Odisha, as well. The IMA called the move anti-people.

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.

In Tamil Nadu, however, government doctors, too, boycotted OPD services in protest against the National Medical Commission Bill, PTI reported.

It has also proposed that specific educational modules or programmes for developing bridges across the various systems of medicine and promotion of medical pluralism, can be done with the approval of all the members present in the joint sitting.

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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. Certain provisions of the NMC like allowing practitioners of Indian medicine like Ayurveda and Homeopathy to practice Allopathy after completing a bridge course.

While services at government hospitals will not be affected, the doctors will observe a "Black Day" and wear black arm bands as they see patients.

Condemning the NMC Bill of 2017 Tandon also said: "This is basically not the National Medical Commission but a local medical commission". According to it, the 15% seats of the private medical colleges will be decided by the management of fees. He said the states will have negligible say in the functioning of this regulatory body while health is a state subject and the needs of the various states are different from each other.

Terming the Bill as "anti-people and anti-patient", the association in a statement has stated that the Bill purported to eradicate corruption is "designed to open the floodgates of corruption".


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