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

Medical association calls for suspension of private healthcare services across India on Tuesday

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The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Tuesday called off its 12-hour countrywide shutdown of OPD services at all private hospitals in the country, after the government agreed to its demand and sent the National Medical Commission Bill, 2017 to a select committee. "But emergency services are available and surgeries are going on", he said. The Bill was tabled in the Lok Sabha last week. The Ministry has also sought a compliance report from the hospitals. The doctors contend that the decision to replace the Medical Council of India with a new body will "cripple" the industry.

The bridge course will be decided upon at a meeting between the proposed National Medical Commission, the Central Council of Homoeopathy and the Central Council of Indian Medicine.

The Bill proposes a government-nominated chairman and members, who will be selected by a committee under the Cabinet Secretary.

The implementation of the new bill of the government under National Commission proposal will strengthen the medical colleges.


Tandon also said: "The current MCI is a democratically elected body where we have almost 80 percent elected members and 20 percent nominated by the government".

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.

Dr Veeranna said the appointment of members to the commission is not by election, but rather by nomination by the Union government.

Similarly in Karnataka, hundreds of private hospitals shut their OPDs to protest against the NMC Bill, 2017. A doctor said that they didn't want the patient to suffer; hence, they were seeing patients. The Bill allows practitioners of Ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy, unani, siddha and homoeopathy (AYUSH), to practise modern medicine after they complete a short-term bridge course.

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