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Maha doctors observe 12-hour strike against NMC bill

Maha doctors observe 12-hour strike against NMC bill

"Unscientific mixing of systems and empowering of other practitioners through bridge courses will only pave the way for substandard doctors and substandard medical practice".

Protesting the decision on formation of the Medical Commission, Indian Medical Association (IMA), Telangana chapter has declared Tuesday as a "Black Day" and has called all private and corporate hospitals in Hyderabad and elsewhere to suspend their routine medical services, excluding emergencies, for 12 hours between 6 am and 6 pm.

A top team from the Indian Medical Association met Nadda in New Delhi yesterday and raised their concerns.

The NMC Bill 2017 will replace the Medical Council of India (MCI), that has been in controversy over several allegations of corruption.

Bill, which was tabled in Parliament on Friday, seeks to replace the MCI and also proposes allowing practitioners of alternative medicines, such as homoeopathy and ayurveda, practise allopathy after completing a "bridge course".

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Tandon, meanwhile, said: "The government through this Bill, is trying to bring in two categories in medical education - the urban sector and the rural sector".

While doctors in government hospitals will continue their services, they will observe a "Black Day" by wearing a black arm band as their way of participating in the strike.

He said the IMA has chose to submit a memorandum against the bill to elected representatives including Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar tomorrow.

"It removes all regulations that were in place before a medical college starts functioning". He said that the new proposal in the bill is not acceptable to them.

"We are giving moral support to the strike as we agree that NMC Bill is not in the favour of the medical profession". As per its provisions, the government can regulate the fee structure of only up to 40% of the seats at a private medical college. For instance, colleges will be allowed to start post-graduate courses and increase intake of students all on their own - without seeking permission from the NMC.

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