Doctors on a day’s strike over NMC Bill

Today, the the Indian Medical Association (IMA) begins its nationwide 12-hour-strike. The Doctors will observe this day as ‘black day’. There has been a tussle between government and the doctors regarding the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill. The NMC bill isn’t a good one according to the doctors and the IMA is strongly opposing it.

Doctors on a day’s strike over NMC Bill
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  • Today, The Indian Medical Association will observe a nationwide strike. As per the IMA, the National Medical Commission bill, is anti-poor, anti-people, non-representative, undemocratic and anti-federal in character. 
  • The doctors will not be working from 6am to 6pm. However, only emergency cases will be attended to. Indian Medical Association has informed all the members across the country.
  • Over 42 thousand doctors from Maharashtra, and 3 lakh doctors across the country are participating in the strike 

The Union government is set to table the National Medical Commission Bill in the parliament on July 30, for discussion. The doctors from the Indian Medical Association (IMA) have strongly opposed the bill in its current format.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Parthiv Sanghvi, Secretary of Maharashtra chapter of IMA said, “The government should not force the NMC Bill on us. We strongly oppose the NMC Bill in its current format. We have called for a strike for 12 hours. No doctor will work on this day, only emergency services will be provided.”

Dr Anil Pachnekar, former President, IMA Maharashtra, and Vice President of the National  Working Group said, “The Union government is set to table the NMC Bill in the parliament for discussion on July 30. The bill is anti-poor so we are observing a strike. The government is planning to provide affordable medical services to the poor under Ayushman Bharat. But, practically this is not possible.”

Plan of Action

  • IMA Headquarters declares withdrawal of all non-emergency services including OPD for 12 hours from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 28. All elective procedures will be deferred.
  • Critical services including deliveries, emergencies and in-patient care to be provided.
  • A General Body Meeting of all local branches to be convened at 9 a.m. on July 28. The General Body should pass a resolution against NMC.
  • Members should go in a procession to their respective Member of Parliament/District Collector’s /Sub Collector’s office and submit a Memorandum addressed to the Prime Minister.
  • Ensure dissemination of this “Call for Action” to all members.
  • Branches with medical colleges have an additional responsibility to coordinate with action in the medical colleges involving the medical students.
  • All State Branches of IMA should give press statements/conduct press conferences.
  • Withdrawal of non-emergency services for 12 hours is only a token of our resistance. Instructions on further action will follow.
  • Put up banners, hoardings in the main places of the town.