Doctors in Kerala to join nationwide strike against bill today

Doctors in Kerala to join nationwide strike against bill today

"Since, the strike may involve a large number of medical professionals, it is anticipated that there would be inconvenience to the patient care services in hospitals", the health ministry advisory said.

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

The IMA has called a nationwide 12-hour strike by doctors of private hospitals against the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill 2017, which seeks to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI) with a new body.

As part of the stir, doctors belonging to the Indian Medical Association in all hospitals would go on a dawn-to-dusk 12-hour strike, IMA State Prsident E K Ummer said in a statement here.

The association said the new bill makes provisions for only 40 per cent seats in a private medical college to be regulated as far as fee was concerned while for the rest, the private colleges are free to fix the rates.

IMA President expressed his apprehension that the bill will increase corruption in medical education and will push up cost of medical education very high while standard of medical education will fall definitely. Dr KK Aggarwal, former president of the IMA, said they have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the health minister, urging them to redraft the bill and modify some provisions to protect the interest of medical practitioners. IMA is upset over the clause pertaining to the recognition of other medical qualifications in NMC Bill. "Indian doctors with their pristine recognition in worldwide arena will lose their stature and demand".

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

"It removes all regulations that were in place before a medical college starts functioning".

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