Hyderabad: IMA gives strike call to private hospitals against NMC

Bhubaneswar: Healthcare services at many government as well as private run hospitals have been adversely affected in Odisha as the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has called a 12-hour nationwide strike today to protest a bill seeking to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI) with a new body.

There are reports of disruption of healthcare services from various states.

Ahead of the strike, health ministry issued advisory to medical institutions to ensure that all steps were taken to provide emergency services to the masses.

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.

Meanwhile, Indian Medical Association (IMA) president Dr K K Agarwal has, on Tuesday, appealed to the Prime Minister to revise the draft bill in the larger interest of the medical profession.

While the doctors at the state-run medical colleges made a decision to keep away from the Out Patient Department for an hour from 8-9 a.m. and at the state-run hospitals from 9-10 a.m., in many private hospitals the protests would continue till 6 p.m.

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

The 2.77 lakh-strong Indian Medical Association is protesting the bill saying that it is anti-poor and anti-people. The new National Commission Bill includes the bridge course proposal which would enable alternative medicine practitioners to practise allopathy from medical universities which is equal to MBBS course.

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 25-member commission will replace the elected MCI, the Bill says.

After the new bill, private colleges will no longer need permission to increase number of seats in undergraduate and postgraduate seats as they would be able do that on their own.

Wankhedkar said: "Private medical colleges at present have a quota of 15 percent called the NRI quota, where the government has not fixed a fee".


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