Numbers of medical students and resident doctors of several hospitals across the country are placed to keep a token strike on Monday over some of their demands regarding the National Medical Commission Bill not being accepted by the government.
The stir called by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) would be held for two hours from 12 noon to 2 pm. Healthcare services at multiple hospitals are likely to be affected briefly.
In Delhi, resident and junior doctors and medical students will hold a peaceful protest in front of the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS).
Besides, protests will be held across India and a large number of doctors and medical students are set to hold rallies in many districts.
The Bill still remains “anti-poor, anti-federal, anti-democratic and lacks national character”, the IMA has alleged.
The Bill does not address the issues of DNB (Diplomat of National Board) and practical difficulties with common medical entrance test NEET and foreign graduates.
The Cabinet has apparently agreed to four of the 10 demands put up by the IMA in connection with the Bill, the association said in a statement.
Removing the clause for separate exit examination and to have a common final year MBBS examination, the amendment to drop the provision of bridge course for AYUSH doctors and subsequent registration to practice modern medicine and introduction of a new punitive clause for quacks and unqualified persons for practicing modern medicine were welcomed by the IMA.
“Although the Cabinet-approved draft of NMC Bill has marginally increased the state representation and control of the government over 50% of the fee levied, IMA feels that these are cosmetic in nature and the Bill still remains anti-poor, anti-federal, non-representative and undemocratic,” said Secretary General of IMA R N Tandon.He expressed concern about the unaddressed major issues such as the token presence of elected members, sub-optimal representation to state governments and health universities and the lack of autonomy of the National Medical Commission itself.