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IMA strike: Hospital Services affect in Odisha

02 January 2018

The draft National Medical Commission Bill 2017, which seeks to replace and subsume the Medical Council of India (MCI) with a new body was tabled in the Rajya Sabha today by Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has directed the panel to file its report before the Budget session.

According to IMA Goa President Ajay Pednekar the routine OPD services of clinics and hospital across Goa will remain closed from 6 am to 6 pm on January 2.

The members of IMA describe the bill as "anti-people and anti-patient" and that it will open "floodgates of corruption".

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However, Apollo Hospital and Kalinga Hospital here haven't joined the strike, sources said.

The proposed measure has been strongly opposed by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) which claimed that it will "cripple" the functioning of the medical profession by making it completely answerable to the bureaucracy and non-medical administrators.

He said the slogan for the medical community is 'No to NMC (National Medical Commission).

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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. It also proposes to allow practitioners of alternative medicines, such as homoeopathy and ayurveda, practice allopathy after completing a "bridge course". We have been discussing the National Medical Commission Bill with the government since a year. Indian Medical Council has also agreed to the provisions of National Medical Commission bill 2017.

Shah said the provisions of the bill will make medical education in the country expensive.

IMA, which is not a statutory body, has been opposing the Bill to set up the NMC ever since it received the union cabinet clearance earlier last month, and has demanded amendments in it.

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"The bill in the present form is not acceptable".

IMA strike: Hospital Services affect in Odisha