IMA doctors to protest against NMC bill on Saturday

Doctors from the Indian Medical Association (IMA) will go on strike on Saturday, July 28 to protest against the National Medical Commission (NMC) bill

Doctors from the Indian Medical Association (IMA) will go on strike on Saturday, July 26 to protest against the National Medical Commission (NMC) bill
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Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Parthiv Sanghvi, Maharashtra State Secretary, IMA, Said, “On Saturday, we will be organising a protest against the NMC bill. No doctor will work on this day, only emergency services will be provided. We are against the NMC bill as it is anti-poor, anti-people, non-representative, undemocratic and anti-federal in character.”

Dr Ravindra S Wankhedkar, National President, IMA, said, “Let generations to come acknowledge that we sacrificed our today for their tomorrow. We shall not let them down. The ‘Call for Action’ to defend the autonomy of the medical profession is hereby given to each and every member of the medical profession.”

He added, “In spite of the deep resentment and opposition of the medical profession of the country, Government of India is going ahead with the enactment of the National Medical Commission Bill-2017. We are left with no choice but to resist the move with determination and resolve.”

Wankhedkar stated, “We have let the world know of our opposition through the massive Maha Panchayat, intense lobbying of the members of Parliament and have taken the fight to the people through visual and print media.”

He further added “Undeterred by the intensity of the grievance of the medical profession of the country, the Government is proceeding to decide how we will be governed. This is totally unacceptable and will be stopped whatever the cost.”

Dr R N Tandon, Honorary Secretary General, IMA, said, “In spite of our legitimate concerns on package rates, IMA extended its support and partnership to Ayushman Bharat scheme in consideration of its national duty. The Government has so far done nothing to address our genuine concerns.”

Dr A Marthanda Pillai, Chairman, IMA Action Committee, said, “The Indian Medical Association, fully conscious of its responsibility towards the generations of doctors to come, is withdrawing non-emergency medical services across the country on Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 6am to 6pm. All State branches, local branches and individual members are directed to implement the ‘Plan of Action.’

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.