Healthcare services in private hospitals in Goa are likely to remain affected tomorrow as the Goa unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) today chose to join a protestcalled against a bill seeking to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI) with a new body.
However, the healthcare services in government hospitals will continue as usual.
Emergency services have not been affected.
The former president of IMA Dr KK Aggarwal had urged the government to redraft the Bill and rectify some of its provisions to protect the interest of the medical practitioners."The Bill takes away the voting right of every doctor in India to elect their medical council", he opined.
The IMA dubbed the bill anti-people and anti-poor and warned that it will make way for more corruption in the field in its current form. In Delhi, hospitals will not be shut but doctors can participate and decide to resume their duties in later hours of the day.
The National Medical Commission Bill (NMC), tabled in Parliament on Friday, seeks to replace the MCI and proposes allowing practioners of alternative medicines, such as homoeopathy and ayurveda, practise allopathy after completing a "bridge course".
The strike shall be in effect from 6:00 am onwards on the proposed date until 6:00 pm, and as per the protest, this day will be observed as a black day.
"We have been forced to protest as we have no other option", said Indian Medical Association official N Sulphi.
"It removes all the regulations before starting a medical college". For instance, colleges will be allowed to start post-graduate courses and increase intake of students all on their own - without seeking permission from the NMC. "A bill to regulate the medical education and medical practice without the concurrence of the medical profession will be a disaster", said a statement from the association.
Some other contentions with the bill include representation of just five states at any given point in time in the NMC, bringing the state medical councils under the NMC.
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