IMA's countrywide protest: Medicos stage demo in Odisha capital

IMA's countrywide protest: Medicos stage demo in Odisha capital”

However, only the emergency services in the hospitals will continue to function.

Meanwhile, the Union Health Ministry has asked all central government hospitals to take necessary steps to ensure that health care and emergency services run smoothly in the wake of IMA's call to suspend routine services for 12 hours today.

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.

Protests were held by doctors in the national capital as well.

Tandon also said: "The current MCI is a democratically elected body where we have almost 80 percent elected members and 20 percent nominated by the government". "We have heard them and also presented our views".

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. "The National Medical Commission will be a regulator appointed by the administrators under their direct control", Agarwal said. It also proposes to allow practitioners of alternative medicines, such as homoeopathy and ayurveda, practice allopathy after completing a "bridge course".

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.

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".

40,000 doctors of IMA Maharashtra chapter will observe the strike in the state.

Condemning the NMC Bill of 2017 Tandon also said: "This is basically not the National Medical Commission but a local medical commission".

The bill also allows private colleges to decide fee for 60 per cent of the seats; it is 15 per cent now.

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