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

Saul Bowman
January 2, 2018

However, operation theatres, casualty and other emergency services will continue.

The Union health ministry on Monday asked central government hospitals to take "necessary" steps to ensure healthcare and emergency services run smoothly in wake of an IMA call to suspend routine services for 12 hours on Tuesday.

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.

The strike shall be in effect from 6:00 am onwards on the proposed date until 6:00 pm, and as per the protest, this day will be observed as a black day.

The Delhi Medical Association is supporting the IMA's protest and has called on private and corporate hospitals in the national capital to keep their OPD services closed.


Meanwhile, the All India Medical Students' Association too has joined the strike call of IMA and has called for a student strike on Tuesday.

"The National Medical Commission in its present form is not acceptable to us". Over 40,000 doctors were participating in the strike in Maharashtra, while reports of the strike and protests were coming in from across the country.

According to IMA the bill is anti-people, pro-rich and pro-private managements and the cost of medical education and healthcare will rise.

"We are giving moral support to the strike as we agree that NMC Bill is not in the favour of the medical profession".

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. Senior doctors from IMA are protesting another proposal of NMC which allows unrestricted fee in 60 per cent of medical seats in private medical colleges. "Moreover the new norms will allow any foreign doctor to practice in India without any restriction as it does away with the screening test for foreign medical graduates", he said.

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