NMC Bill: OPD's to remain shut, IMA to launch hunger strike on July 31
- The Indian Medical Association has come to loggerheads with the Union government on the critical issue of National Medical Commission Bill
- As the NMC Bill has been cleared in Lok Sabha. The IMA has decided to launch a token strike to protest against the mov
- IMA has decided to withdraw all the non-essential services from Wednesday, July 31 6 a.m. till Thursday, August 01, 6 a.m.
- IMA has also called for public demonstrations and hunger strike at all the local branches
If you are planning to take your family member to a doctor on Wednesday, July 31, then better visit today. As the Indian Medial Association the largest body of allopathy doctors have decided to go on token strike on Wednesday.
IMA is protesting against the NMC Bill and has decided to fight it out with the government at all the levels.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra Dr Suhas Pingle, Secretary IMA, Maharashtra said, 'IMA has decided to withdraw all the non-essential services from 6 a.m. Wednesday, till 6 a.m. Thursday. IMA rejects the Bill in Toto.'
On Monday, July 29, IMA has launched a massive strike again the NMC Bill in the capital. More than 10,000 doctors and medical students had protested again the bill on the streets.
The Lok Sabha approved and passed the draconian NMC Bill yesterday. The lower house plunged healthcare & medical education of this country into darkness by approving undemocratic National Medical Commission Bill 2019, said IMA in the press Release.
'Section 32 of the NMC Bill, instantly, provides for licensing of 3.5 lakhs unqualified non-medical persons to practice modern medicine and provides to add more and more such persons every year. The term Community Health Provider has been vaguely defined to allow anyone connected with modern medicine practice to get registered in NMC and be licensed to practice modern medicine. This would mean that all paramedics including pharmacists, nurses, physiotherapists, optometrists and others are becoming eligible to practise modern medicine and prescribe independently. This law legalises quackery,' said Dr Shantanu Sen, National President, IMA.
The mess created by the Bill regarding the examinations affecting the career of generations of medical students can not be condoned. The numerous other inconsistencies in the Bill will seriously affect the medical fraternity, stated IMA in its release.
IMA baptised in the freedom struggle of the nation rises to protect our patients and the Health of the Nation. IMA has further decided to launch a public demonstration and a hunger strike by all the local branches to private against the NMC Bill.