- On Friday, a bill for setting up a National Medical Commission that seeks to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI) was introduced in the Lok Sabha by Union health minister JP Nadda. However, IMA opposes the bill. Today, the state government sent it to the standing committee.
- Owing to which, today, The Indian Medical Association (IMA) observed a nationwide strike. Even the MBBS students supported the strike and protested at the Azad Maidan.
However, the MBBS students are not happy with the government’s decision.
Speaking about this, LTMG Sion Hospital’s, 2nd year, medical college student, Namrata Talekar said, “We are supporting the doctors’ strike. I am from Solapur. Like me, there are many students who come from rural areas. And spend lakhs of rupees to become doctor. Our parents pay our fees. So, that we become doctors and return to our villages. But, now the dream will remain unfulfilled. Earlier, after MBBS we used to get degree. But, now we will have to serve for one year in the rural area. After which, there will be an exam. And if we pass then only we will get a degree. If we fail, we will waste our five years.”
Bhargavi Dwivedi, a second-year student said, “There are only 50,000 seats and there are 6 lakh students. But, now we will have to serve for one year in the rural area. After which, there will be an exam. And if we pass, then only we will get a degree.”
One of the students, Sejal Grover said, “We spend a lot on the education. Now, the lower strata of the society will not be able to opt for medicine. It looks like the rich can only afford it.”