Hyderabad: IMA gives strike call to private hospitals against NMC

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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 Bill, 2017, which seeks to replace the Medical Council of India with a new body, was referred to the Standing Committee on Tuesday. The NMC Bill also proposes to allow graduates of alternative medicine fields to practice allopathic medicine after completing a "bridge course".

Dr Bhupendra Shah, president of the IMA Gujarat Branch said that in its present form, the NMC is a pro private management and pro-rich bill that will pave the way for widespread corruption.

According to the Bill, the commission will have government-nominated chairman and members and board members will be selected by a search committee under the Cabinet Secretary.

Health services in the national capital may also get hit as the Delhi Medical Association (DMA) has also called for a "total shut down" of for 12 hours in all medical establishments in support of the IMA's strike.

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"We have been forced to protest as we have no other option", said Indian Medical Association official N Sulphi.

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

A bill to replace the apex medical education regulator - Medical Council of India (MCI) with a new body, to ensure transparency, was introduced in the Lok Sabha on December 29.

The bridge course will be decided upon at a meeting between the proposed National Medical Commission, the Central Council of Homoeopathy and the Central Council of Indian Medicine. "Secondly, the NMC will make medical education another fertile ground for bureaucratic red tapism".

Some other contentions with the bill include representation of just five states at any given point in time in the NMC, bringing the state medical councils under the NMC.

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