IMA strike call may hit private OPDs today

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NEW DELHI: Services in private hospitals in India are likely to be affected on Tuesday when the Indian Medical Association has asked to suspend routine services for 12 hours in protest against the National Medical Commission Project, which seeks to replace the Medical Council of India for a new body. It is likely that the bill will be debated in Parliament on Tuesday. The OPDs of private hospitals could be affected, but emergency and critical services will be open, authorities said.

The bill also proposes allowing alternative medicine graduates to practice allopathy after completing a “bridge course.” In response to the doctor’s strike, the Union Health Ministry said it has written to all the hospitals run by the center, such as Safdarjung, Ram Manohar Lohia, AIIMS and Lady Hardinge Medical College, to make the necessary arrangements to guarantee the patient care and emergency services. gently.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA), which has strongly opposed the NMC bill saying it will “paralyze” the functioning of medical professionals by holding them fully accountable to bureaucracy and non-medical administrators, has declared Tuesday a “Day Black”. “The NMC bill in this form is not acceptable, this bill is antipoverty, anti-popular, non-representative, antidemocratic and anti-federal.The IMA headquarters declares the closure of all routine services for 12 hours from 6 am to 6pm tomorrow throughout the country, “said the recently appointed IMA national president, Dr. Ravi Wankhedkar.

The Medical Association of Delhi is supporting the IMA protest and has asked all private and corporate hospitals in the capital to keep their OPD services closed. The IMA members also held a meeting with the union’s health minister, J P Nadda, and conveyed their concerns about the bill. Dr. K K Aggarwal, former president of IMA, said they already wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the health minister urging them to redraft the bill and rectify some of its provisions to protect the interest of doctors.

He said the provision that allows AYUSH graduates to practice modern medicine after completing a bridge course will promote quackery. The NMC bill proposes replacing the Medical Council of India with a new body and “possibly” section 15 of the IMC Act, which says that the basic qualification to practice modern medicine is MBBS, said Dr. Aggarwal.

“This (the bill) takes away the right to vote for every doctor in India to choose their medical advice,” he said. “The Medical Council of India is a representative body of the medical profession in India.Any registered doctor in the country can participate in the elections and every qualified doctor can vote.To abolish a democratic institution and replace it with an organism in which the majority is nominated by the government, is certainly a step back, “said Dr. Aggarwal.

He also said that the bill, in its current form, allows private medical colleges to charge at will, canceling any consolation brought by the NEET. Clause 49 of the bill requires a joint session of the National Medical Commission, the Central Council of Homeopathy and the Central Council of Indian Medicine at least once a year “to improve the interface between homeopathy, Indian medicine systems and modern systems of medicine. ”

The bill proposes the constitution of four autonomous boards charged with carrying out undergraduate and postgraduate education, the evaluation and qualification of medical institutions and the registration of professionals under the National Medical Commission. The commission will have a president and members nominated by the government, and the board members will be selected by a search committee under the cabinet secretary, it says.