Indian Medical Association calls off nationwide strike
A delegation of IMA under the leadership of IMA National President, Dr Santanu Sen along with other senior leaders, medical student representatives and junior doctors met with Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare.
In view of the certain clarifications and assurances given by him and considering the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, heavy flood situation in North East, Karnataka, Maharashtra and other parts of the country as well as untimely sad demise of former Union Health Minister Sushma Swaraj and the need for further dialogue and creating awareness about hazards of certain provisions of NMC, IMA defers its call for withdrawal of services to a later date of choice.
The IMA supports the medical students and resident doctors and will continue to add momentum to the movement until justice is rendered.
The IMA has decided an aggressive public campaign against section 32, 50 and 51 which legitimises quackery and promotes cross pathy, section 10.1. On capping of fee in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education on section 15 the lingering uncertainty of the career of medical students and section 29.3 and 28.7 on quality of medical education.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra Dr Anil Pachnekar, Vice President, Indian Medical Association said,'Due to Sushma Swaraj's death and Article 370. There is a tense situation in the country. Hence we have called off our nationwide strike. There will soon be an IMA meeting where doctors will decide a new date for the strike.'
IMA also appeals to the President of India to withhold assent until the dangers to the health of the nation accruing from several sections are adequately addressed.
IMA also has immense faith in the judiciary in correcting the aberrations in this black law
The struggle of IMA against the deleterious clauses of NMC Bill 2019 will continue until the medical education and the health of the nation are out of harm's way.
IMA will consult with all the stakeholders especially the medical students and resident doctors on a further course of action. IMA thanks the Federation of Government doctors organisations, Government Doctors organisations of different States, Organisations of Medical teachers, Organisations of Insurance doctors, Organisations of Private doctors and Hospitals, Speciality organisations under FOMA and other organisations which have stood with IMA in this crucial hour and appeal for continued solidarity in the struggle. The role of IMA MSN and IMA JDN is especially acknowledged.