- The crux of the concern of IMA as well the nation is the issue of crosspathy. Though the Bridge course has been deemed to be not mandatory, there are reasons to believe that the Government is enabling a back door entry through the states. If there remain provisions to empower AYUSH or even non doctors to practise modern medicine through state mechanisms, it will be firmly resisted by IMA and the medical fraternity. IMA thanks the media, press and the common people who have supported IMA in this issue
- NMC Bill 2017 has been posted for consideration in Lok sabha on Monday,2 nd April. . Ironically the Government have invited IMA for discussions as well. IMA has clearly expressed its strong opposition to the Bill and has pointed out several flaws. Though the Government has addressed some of the issues partially, the major objections are still valid.
- An issue of greater public concern is the percentage of medical seats that are going to be left to the private managements. In many of the states the fee of around 85% of the medical seats is fixed by State Governments. NMC will increase the quota of the private colleges from 15% to 50%. It is a dictotomy that on one hand the Government speaks of doctors for rural areas and on the other hand the same Government provides increased quota for the urban rich. NMC bill will push the medical education completely away from the reach of deserving common people. It is the lower socio economic class which will be the loser. This anti poor pro rich slant of NMC should be corrected. Indications of what is going to come are evident from exorbitant fee rise and subsequent IMA agitation in SGRR Private university in Uttarkhand
- India has a federal structure with uniform democratic representation as a core feature. The states of the country are being denied of equal and adequate representation in this NMC bill. The states get inadequate, unequal representation in NMC to the extent that many states remain unrepresented for years together. Health and medical education should be treated as affordable, equal basic right of people of every state of the country. NMC is neither national nor federal State Health Universities have lost their representation and State Medical Councils have lost their autonomy. These councils which have been instituted by State Assemblies are the true reflections of the federal nature of the country.
Will observe ‘Allopathy Mukta Bharat’ if NMC Bill forced: IMA
The Indian Medical Association has issued a press release on Sunday which states, "If the NMC bill 2017 is forced upon IMA by the Government, entire medical fraternity of the country will observe "Allopathy Mukta Bharat" by withdrawing their services. The Government should expect mass agitation across the country with immediate effect. The onus of the agitation lies on the Government