Kerala doctors observe strike against Centres' bill

Kerala doctors observe strike against Centres' bill

More than two lakh doctors are observing a nationwide strike called by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Tuesday. As per the reports, the government is bringing up the new bill today.

Health services in the national capital may also get hit as the Delhi Medical Association (DMA) has also called for a "total shut down" of for 12 hours in all medical establishments in support of the IMA's strike.

Dr B Veranna, secretary IMA Karnataka, said, "It is unacceptable to that a body is dissolved to curb corruption and another is erected in its place which too has all the provisions of getting corrupt again".

Parthiv Sanghvi of Indian Medical Association says that the central government has left us with no option but to call it a "black day" in the history of medical profession.

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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.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar informed the Lok Sabha "after taking into the consideration the demands of several members of the House and medical fraternity, the National Medical Commission Bill has been referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee". "The objective of the Bill is to replace the existing Medical Council of India (MCI) with the National Medical Council". "85 per cent Government fixed fees in private Medical Colleges", said the statement.

"The doctors who undergo the bridge course, as proposed by the government, will be treated as half-qualified doctors. Abolishing a democratic institution and replacing it with a body in which a majority is nominated by the government, is certainly a retrograde step", Dr K K Aggarwal said.

A medical advisory council, including one member representing each state and Union territory (vice-chancellors in both cases), the chairman, University Grants Commission, and the director of the National Accreditation and Assessment Council will make recommendations to the NMC.

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