IMA on strike from today: OPDs to close for 12 hours

IMA on strike from today: OPDs to close for 12 hours

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. The striking doctors believe that the decision to replace the Medical Council of India with a new body will "cripple" the industry.

The National Medical Commission Bill which was tabled in Parliament on Friday, seeks to replace the MCI and also proposes allowing practitioners of alternative medicines, such as Homeopathy and Ayurveda, practise Allopathy after completing a "bridge course".

Medical practitioners from the city are geared up for another protest to show solidarity with the nationwide bandh called by the Indian Medical Association to protest against the National Medical Council Amendment Act.

"The bill in the present form is not acceptable".

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

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 lateral entry of non-MBBS doctors into the practice of modern medicine will gradually diminish the knowledge and significance of traditional medicine", said Chairman of National Medical Students Action Committee, IMA, Dr, Shiv Joshi in a statement. Today's protest is aimed at sending a stern message.

While doctors in government hospitals will continue their services, they will observe a "Black Day" by wearing a black arm band as their way of participating in the strike. He said the states will have negligible say in the functioning of this regulatory body while health is a state subject and the needs of the various states are different from each other.

There will also be a Medical Advisory Council (MAC) to aid the NMC. The Council is expected to have members nominated from states and union territories and include the members of the NMC as ex-officio members. The same exam will be used as the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (Neet) for post-graduate courses.

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