Almost 3 lakh members of Indian Medical Association (IMA) has called for 12-hour nationwide protest (6 am to 6 pm) against the Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2017, that aims to replace National Medical Council of India (MCI). The bill is likely to be taken for discussion in the Lok Sabha on January 2.
The members of IMA describe the bill as “anti-people and anti-patient” and that it will open “floodgates of corruption.”
IMA has asked the outpatient department (OPD) services at private hospitals to remain shut, whereas, government hospitals will remain unaffected.
40,000 doctors of IMA Maharashtra chapter will observe the strike in the state. In Delhi, hospitals will not be shut but doctors can participate and decide to resume their duties in later hours of the day.