NewsMeter Network, Hyderabad

  • Several Doctors Associations and Junior Doctor Associations held protest at Osmania Medical College, NIMS, Gandhi Hospital and many other hospitals in Hyderabad on Wednesday. 
  • About 16000 member-doctors of IMA, Telangana and over 10,000 students of various medical colleges also took part in the protest.
  • All of them are protesting against NMC bill 2019, since the Indian Medical Association (IMA) national unit gave the call for 24 hours nation wide strike opposing NMC bill proposed by union government.
  • The NMC Bill was introduced in Lok Sabha on July 22. The bill provides for setting up of a NMC in place of Medical Council of India (MCI) and repeal the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956.
  • Proposed NMC will approve medical colleges, conduct MBBS examinations, regulate course fees.
  • The bill proposes a common final-year MBBS exam, the National Exit Test (NEXT), before an individual starts practising medicine and for seeking admission to post-graduate medical courses. 
  • The Indian Medical Association announced the pan-India withdrawal of non-essential services on Tuesday.
  • IMA has also called for demonstrations and hunger strikes at its local branches and urged medical students to boycott classes. However, Emergency, Trauma, ICU and related services will remain unaffected.
  • The IMA has solicited support of the public and reportedly appealed to people to not visit the hospitals except for emergencies during the strike, which will end at 6 am on Thursday.
  • According to the doctors, Section 32 of the NMC Bill provides for licensing of 3.5 lakh unqualified non-medical persons to practice modern medicine, which would endanger the lives of the people.
  • Doctors claim that the Bill will give a boost to quacks and intensify quackery and unverified practitioners in the rural areas.

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