Bill to replace Medical Council to benefit profession

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"We have heard them.", Nadda said in Rajya Sabha during the Question Hour on the strike by private hospitals across the country.

IMA, which is not a statutory body, has been opposing the Bill to set up the NMC ever since it received the union cabinet clearance earlier last month, and has demanded amendments in it.

The Indian Medical Association Gujarat branch will observe a black day on Tuesday to protest the National Medical Commission Bill that was tabled in the Lok Sabha.

In Kerala, doctors protested outside Raj Bhavan in Thiruvananthapuram even as patients waited outside a general hospital.

The government on Tuesday maintained that the National Medical Commission Bill, which seeks to replace Medical Council of India, m would be beneficial to the medical profession.

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He said talks with the striking doctors were going on. According to it, the 15% seats of the private medical colleges will be decided by the management of fees.

Terming the Bill as "anti-people and anti-patient", the association in a statement has stated that the Bill purported to eradicate corruption is "designed to open the floodgates of corruption".

"The minimum qualification to practice modern medicine shall remain MBBS. Other provision that allows medical practitioners of Indian medicine to practise allopathic medicine following a bridge course should be dropped from the Bill", said TNGDA state headquarters secretary Dr P Balakrishnan.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) says the Bill will "cripple" the functioning of medical professionals by making them completely answerable to the bureaucracy and non-medical administrators. At present, all states have representation under MCI. "If passed, the bill allows for any private medical college to raise its undergraduate and post graduate seats on its own", said Shah.

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