IMA protest call: Pvt health services in Goa may hit tomorrow

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The Delhi Medical Association is supporting the IMA's protest and has called on private and corporate hospitals in the national capital to keep their OPD services closed.

Indian Medical Council has also agreed to the provisions of National Medical Commission bill 2017. "The amendments should be in favour of doctors", Dr Bharath Kumar, president, Karnataka Medical Students and Youth Doctors Association.

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.

It has also proposed that specific educational modules or programmes for developing bridges across the various systems of medicine and promotion of medical pluralism, can be done with the approval of all the members present in the joint sitting.

While doctors in government hospitals will continue their services, they will observe a "Black Day" by wearing a black arm band as their way of participating in the strike. The IMA called the move anti-people.

After the new bill, private colleges will no longer need permission to increase number of seats in undergraduate and postgraduate seats as they would be able do that on their own.

The Bill is likely to come up for discussion in Parliament tomorrow. "The Bill is anti-poor, anti-people, non-representative and undemocratic", said IMA, TS chapter president, Dr. T Narasinga Reddy.

The National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill was tabled in Parliament on Friday that will replace the Medical Council of India besides allowing practitioners of alternative medicines, such as homoeopathy and ayurveda to practice allopathy after completing a bridge course.

"Under NMC, 60 percent of the seats will be open for the private colleges to fix a fee of their choice, which means instead of 15 percent students, now 60 percent students will be paying a hefty sum in fee".

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