Doctors all set to go on 12-hour strike

Doctors all set to go on 12-hour strike

The Union Health Ministry in response to the doctor's strike has written to all Centre-run hospitals, including Safdarjung, Ram Manohar Lohia, AIIMS and Lady Hardinge Medical College to make arrangements so that patient care and emergency services can be run smoothly.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has called for a strike against the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill 2017 tabled by the government in the Lok Sabha on December 30, and awaits discussion in the Rajya Sabha.

With doctors staying off duty, the protest against the new bill has left many patients in the lurch.

According to IMA Goa President Ajay Pednekar the routine OPD services of clinics and hospital across Goa will remain closed from 6 am to 6 pm on January 2. Tamil Nadu Government Doctor Association president Dr K Senthil said, "If the government allows 'crosspathy, then it must ensure that all these doctors work exclusively in government hospitals". The doctor's strike has held against the new proposal of National Commission Bill. 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.

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The bill is also aimed at bringing reforms in the medical education sector which has been under scrutiny for corruption and unethical practices.

IMA has been strongly opposing the bill, saying it will "cripple" the functioning of medical professionals. Dr Kumar said a six-month bridge course for AYUSH professionals can not be equated to four years of medical education.

However, the Indian Medical Association has labelled NMC bill as anti-poor and anti-people. Indian Medical Council has also agreed to the provisions of National Medical Commission bill 2017.

Dr Veeranna said the appointment of members to the commission is not by election, but rather by nomination by the Union government.

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