Doctors in Kerala to join nationwide strike against bill today

Jan 02, 2018, 11:08
Doctors in Kerala to join nationwide strike against bill today

"It is requested that all necessary measures may be taken to ensure that the patient healthcare and emergency services are run smoothly", it added.

The outpatient departments in private hospitals were closed in support of the strike called by the Indian Medical Association.

The Bill seeks to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI), the apex body for the medical fraternity since 1934, and form a new National Medical Council.

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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.

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

"It removes all the regulations before starting a medical college".

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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. Therefore, about 3 lakh doctors from the private and government hospital of the country will be on strike today. "Moreover the new norms will allow any foreign doctor to practice in India without any restriction as it does away with the screening test for foreign medical graduates", he said. The IMA wants amendments in the bill, which will be tabled in Lok Sabha on Parliament.

According to the striking doctors, they were observing the "black day" against the proposed bill allowing practitioners of alternative medicines, such as homoeopathy and ayurveda to practice allopathy after going through a "bridge course". As per its provisions, the government can regulate the fee structure of only up to 40% of the seats at a private medical college. "The Bill is anti-poor, anti-people, non-representative and undemocratic", said IMA, TS chapter president, Dr. T Narasinga Reddy. "No one needs any permission", Dr Pednekar said.

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

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