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

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In a press realese on Sunday, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) stated that it will fight for the people, for saving the healthcare and medical education of the country. They will declare immediate action if the said NMC Bill 2017 is forced upon them by the Government.
IMA opposes the NMC Bill 2017 by stating that the bill is against common people, against equitable healthcare of the country and against affordable medical education for all.
If this bill is enforced  by the Government, entire medical fraternity of the country will observe an “Allopathy Mukta Bharat” by withdrawing their services.
IMA doctors have united against the Union Government’s decision to let the State government to take a decision on the bridge course for AYUSH doctors to practice allopathy. While accepting the recommendation given by the parliamentary committee on health, the union cabinet decided to given the powers to the state to decide on the bridge course.
Members of the IMA are going to meet Union Health Minister JP Nadda on Monday to discuss the NMC Bill. Also, the NMC Bill is likely to be taken up for discussion in the Lower House as well.
The IMA on Sunday has issued a press release, 
  • 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.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Ravi Wankhedkar, President of IMA said, “IMA opposes the NMC Bill 2017 which is against common people, against equitable healthcare of the country and against affordable medical education for all. If this bill is forced upon 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 with the Government. We declare immediate action if the said NMC Bill 2017 is forced upon by the Government.”
Our other concerns agreed to by the inter-ministerial committee remain  unaddressed.
1. To address violence on doctors and hospitals across the country by bringing in Central Hospital Protection Act.
2. Amendments in the PC & PNDT Act to ensure strict penalties are imposed only on commission of sex determination or female feticide and not for clerical errors like maintenance of registers and filling up forms.
3. Introducing accreditation as the process of validation and  exemption to  Single doctor clinics from Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act .
4. Suitable amendments in Consumer Protection Act for capping the compensation amount.
5. Enforcing the law that modern medicine drugs would be prescribed only by modern medicine doctors.
Non invocation of section 304 and 304A criminal law on medical  practice has also been undecided for years.  Criminal prosecution of doctors in the absence of criminal intent is unacceptable.
IMA has been referring all these concerns to Government of India for more than two years. Even after strong agitations the Government has consistently ignored our difficulties and needs. IMA and the medical fraternity have run out of all options but to withdraw their services.