Private Doctors' Strike Hits Outpatient Facilities In Karnataka

Private Doctors' Strike Hits Outpatient Facilities In Karnataka

Private Doctors' Strike Hits Outpatient Facilities In Karnataka

IMA has been strongly opposing the bill, saying it will "cripple" the functioning of medical professionals. Therefore, about 3 lakh doctors from the private and government hospital of the country will be on strike today.

Bill was tabled in Parliament on Friday.

In Kerala, doctors protested outside Raj Bhavan in Thiruvananthapuram even as patients waited outside a general hospital.

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The bill also proposes to allow practitioners of alternative medicines, such as homoeopathy and ayurveda to practice allopathy after completing a bridge course.

The Delhi Medical Association is supporting the IMA's protest and has called on private and corporate hospitals in the national capital to keep their OPD services closed.

Introducing the Bill in Lok Sabha, Health Minister J P Nadda had said that the new bill incorporates suggestions made by a standing committee and provides for constitution of four autonomous boards for undergraduate and post-graduate education, assessment and accreditation of medical institutions and registration of practitioners under the National Medical Commission.

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"The minimum qualification to practice modern medicine shall remain MBBS".

Clause 49 of the Bill calls for a joint sitting of the National Medical Commission, the Central Council of Homoeopathy and the Central Council of Indian Medicine at least once a year "to enhance the interface between homoeopathy, Indian Systems of Medicine and modern systems of medicine".

NMC will replace the existing Medical Council of India (MCI) and will have a 25-member commission of which 20 will be nominated by the Centre.

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IMA has four demands - One elected representative in NMC from the Registered Medical Graduates of every state and no separate registration for AYUSH. "85 per cent Government fixed fees in private Medical Colleges", said the statement.

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