BLACK TUESDAY: Medical doctors on strike for 12 hours

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Conflicting and Opposing the National Medical Commission Bill, around 2.9 lakh doctors associated with the Indian Medical Association are observing a 12-hour strike till 6 pm today all over the country’s private hospitals and clinics. Medical Doctors claim the bill and willing to replace the Medical Council of India with a new body, which is anti-poor. While outpatient services will be hindered, emergency and crucial cases will still be operated.

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The National Medical Council Bill, which is about to replace existing apex medical education regulator Medical Council of India with a new body, proceeded by the government in the Lok Sabha on December 29,2017. Doctors, who are pursuing Indian systems of medicine, including ayurveda and homoeopathy, most probably will be allowed to practice allopathy after clearing a challenging medical course. Hospitals will not have outpatient and other services on Tuesday. Therefore, junior doctor’s call off strike following discussion with health secretary. The strike is in the protest of the Central Government’s move to go ahead with the National Medical Commission Bill 2017. Hundreds of medical students have joined the agitation while the IMA office-bearers have requested cooperation from the people.

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IMA is calling for the withdrawal of the “anti-democratic, anti-poor and anti-federal provisions” of the Bill, its leaders said in a news statement. They say the Bill in its current form cannot be accepted. IMA medical students’ wing has already begun the strike with three of them resorting to an indefinite fast in front of Raj Bhavan. Hundreds of medical students have joined the agitation while the IMA office-bearers have requested cooperation from the people.

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