Gujarat IMA to oppose NMC bill, observe 'black day' today

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OPD services in Karnataka's Hubli and other cities in the states were also affected.

Meanwhile, the Union Health Ministry has asked all central government hospitals to take necessary steps to ensure that health care and emergency services run smoothly in the wake of IMA's call to suspend routine services for 12 hours today.

Speaking to International Business Times India, IMA National President Dr Ravi Wankhedkar and Secretary Dr RN Tandon claimed the government was trying to manipulate the MCI with the NMC Bill.

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.

The proposed measure has been strongly opposed by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) which claimed that it will "cripple" the functioning of the medical profession by making it completely answerable to the bureaucracy and non-medical administrators.

"The National Medical Commission in its present form is not acceptable to us".

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Party sources said the decision had to do with the party's electoral compulsions in West Bengal. But the Bill needs to be watertight when it comes to the financial security of women.

However, he said doctors would attend to emergency cases.

Doctors pursuing Indian systems of medicine, including Ayurveda, and homoeopathy may be allowed to practice allopathy after clearing a bridge course, according to a Bill introduced in the Lok Sabha.

IMA has four demands - One elected representative in NMC from the Registered Medical Graduates of every state and no separate registration for AYUSH. Otherwise the government has fixed the fee of 85 percent of seats in private medical colleges. It further said that the bill would make the system vulnerable to corruption.

The bill is likely to come up for discussion in Parliament on Tuesday. Therefore, about 3 lakh doctors from the private and government hospital of the country will be on strike today.

No permission would be needed to add new seats or to start post-graduate courses, it says.

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