Docs’ call off nationwide strike


Govt refers NMC Bill to Standing Committee Agencies, New Delhi Striking doctors on Tuesday called off their nationwide agitation against the National Medical Commission Bill, 2017, after the Centre decided to refer the Bill to the Parliamentary Standing Committee for consideration. Indian Medical Association (IMA) member and former Secretary-General Narendra Saini told UNI “We wanted a full discussion on the Bill and that it should be sent to the Standing Committee for this. The Government has accepted our demand, so we have decided to withdraw the strike.” The agitating doctors had struck work against the Bill that seeks to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI), introduced in the Lok Sabha on Friday by Health Minister JP Nadda. Doctors of private and government hospitals had gone on strike since this morning against the Bill. Barring emergency services which were exempted, the strike was widespread, crippling health services with people facing difficulties. Asserting that the administration of the Medical Council could not be administered by any non-medical professional or administrative officer, the doctors said the intricacies of this field could not be understood by those lacking long experience and skills in this field. The Government has proposed in the Bill that a substantial number of members of the commission will be nominated. Following passage of the Bill, practitioner of traditional medical systems such as Ayurvedic will also be allowed to suggest allopathic medicines. The medical profession is of the view that it will be a mockery of the modern medical system. Before they recommend medication, doctors of Allopathy need to complete a five-year course and internship. According to Dr. Saini, doctors are also opposing the proposal for giving separate examination for those who have passed the final examination at the end of their five-year course.Dr. Saini told that many changes are being felt in this bill.