Bengaluru: Doctor's strike to hit outpatient services in govt, pvt hospitals

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Supporting the fraternity, private hospitals also kept their outpatient departments closed.

Speaking to International Business Times India, IMA National President Dr Ravi Wankhedkar and Secretary Dr RN Tandon claimed the government was trying to manipulate the MCI with the NMC Bill. "So, our OPD services will go on as per routine but we are wearing a black band in protest".

In Bengaluru, around 200 medical students under the Karnataka Medical Students and Youth Doctors Association gathered on Monday to hold a protest. To register its protest, the association urged its 2.9 lakh members to participate in the strike from 6 am to 6 pm on Tuesday.

The National Medical Commission Bill (NMC), tabled in Parliament on Friday, seeks to replace the MCI and proposes allowing practioners of alternative medicines, such as homoeopathy and ayurveda, practise allopathy after completing a "bridge course". "We have heard them and also presented our views".

The IMA claimed that it has the support of over 25,000 doctors from the government and private sector as well as 10,000 medical students in the state.

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The IMA has strongly opposed the NMC bill, saying it will "cripple" the functioning of medical professionals by making them completely answerable to the bureaucracy and non-medical administrators.

According to doctors, the National Medical Commission Bill draft is against the poor patients and the issue needs to be corrected.

The protest comes the day the bill, which aims to restructure the medical regulatory body, is expected to come up for discussion in Lok Sabha.

Condemning the NMC Bill of 2017 Tandon also said: "This is basically not the National Medical Commission but a local medical commission". As per its provisions, the government can regulate the fee structure of only up to 40% of the seats at a private medical college.

Terming the Bill as "anti-people and anti-patient", the association in a statement has stated that the Bill purported to eradicate corruption is "designed to open the floodgates of corruption". "No one needs any permission", Dr Pednekar said.