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Health services hit as doctors protest against NMC Bill

02 January 2018, 11:06 | Katrina Lee

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

According to IMA Goa President Ajay Pednekar the routine OPD services of clinics and hospital across Goa will remain closed from 6 am to 6 pm on January 2. The doctors contend that the decision to replace the Medical Council of India with a new body will "cripple" the industry. However, the doctors were wearing black bands as a mark of protest.

Dr. Kallivayalil, also a former vice president of the Indian Medical Association, said the Bill would be disastrous for the country's public health sector.

"The National Medical Commission in its present form is not acceptable to us".

The National Medical Commission Bill (NMC), tabled in Parliament on Friday, seeks to replace the MCI and proposes allowing practioners of alternative medicines, such as homoeopathy and ayurveda, practise allopathy after completing a "bridge course".

Meanwhile, the All India Medical Students' Association too has joined the strike call of IMA and has called for a student strike on Tuesday. As per the reports, the government is bringing up the new bill today.

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

The Bill is likely to come up for discussion in Parliament tomorrow.

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

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".

"Under NMC, 60 percent of the seats will be open for the private colleges to fix a fee of their choice, which means instead of 15 percent students, now 60 percent students will be paying a hefty sum in fee".

No permission would be needed to add new seats or to start post-graduate courses, it says.

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