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

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

Protesting the decision on formation of the Medical Commission, Indian Medical Association (IMA), Telangana chapter has declared Tuesday as a "Black Day" and has called all private and corporate hospitals in Hyderabad and elsewhere to suspend their routine medical services, excluding emergencies, for 12 hours between 6 am and 6 pm.

However, the healthcare services in government hospitals will continue as usual. OPD services in Karnataka's Hubli and other cities in the states were also affected.

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. The IMA wants amendments in the bill, which will be tabled in Lok Sabha on Parliament. Over 40,000 doctors were participating in the strike in Maharashtra, while reports of the strike and protests were coming in from across the country. In Delhi, hospitals will not be shut but doctors can participate and decide to resume their duties in later hours of the day. "The IMA strongly opposes this Bill and has no option but to take the issues to our patients and the people". The new National Commission Bill includes the bridge course proposal which would enable alternative medicine practitioners to practise allopathy from medical universities which is equal to MBBS course.

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".

Condemning the NMC Bill of 2017 Tandon also said: "This is basically not the National Medical Commission but a local medical commission".

"NMC is an anti-poor bill with pro-private management clauses".

"We are giving moral support to the strike as we agree that NMC Bill is not in the favour of the medical profession. No one needs any permission", Dr Pednekar said. "Moreover the new norms will allow any foreign doctor to practice in India without any restriction as it does away with the screening test for foreign medical graduates", he said.

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