NMC Bill sent to Standing Committee

The Indian Medical Association has called for a 12-hour shutdown of all private hospitals in the country on Tuesday to protest the National Medical Commission Bill 2017

The Indian Medical Association has called off its pan Indian doctors' strike after the Medical Commission Bill was chose to be sent to a standing committee.

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.

The bill also proposes to allow practitioners of alternative medicines, such as homoeopathy and ayurveda to practice allopathy after completing a bridge course. "The Bill is anti-poor, anti-people, non-representative and undemocratic", said IMA, TS chapter president, Dr. T Narasinga Reddy.

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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.

However, he said doctors would attend to emergency cases.

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

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The bill is also aimed at bringing reforms in the medical education sector which has been under scrutiny for corruption and unethical practices.

The draft bill was introduced by Union Health Minister JP Nadda in Lok Sabha on Thursday to replace and subsume the MCI.

"The NMC Bill will affect the medical profession as nearly 80 percent members in the medical body will be nominated by the government, and only 10-20 percent will be the elected members".

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"The NMC Bill in the present form is not acceptable". 'No to NMC (National Medical Commission)' is a slogan for medical community as well as every patient. And the majority of the new council members will be appointed by the government.

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