NMC Bill opposed: MCI Odisha unit joins 12-hour ceasework

However, emergency and critical services would continue.

The Union health ministry on Monday asked central government hospitals to take "necessary" steps to ensure healthcare and emergency services run smoothly in wake of an IMA call to suspend routine services for 12 hours on Tuesday.

The Bill seeks to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI), the apex body for the medical fraternity since 1934, and form a new National Medical Council.

Protests were held by doctors in the national capital as well.

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"It removes all the regulations before starting a medical college".

The association said the new bill makes provisions for only 40 per cent seats in a private medical college to be regulated as far as fee was concerned while for the rest, the private colleges are free to fix the rates.

It has also proposed that specific educational modules or programmes for developing bridges across the various systems of medicine and promotion of medical pluralism, can be done with the approval of all the members present in the joint sitting. Therefore, about 3 lakh doctors from the private and government hospital of the country will be on strike today.

The IMA has strongly opposed the NMC bill, saying it will "cripple" the functioning of medical professionals by making them completely answerable to the bureaucracy and non-medical administrators.

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Bill tabled in the Lok Sabha is anti-people and anti-patient, said Roy Abraham Kallivayalil, secretary general of the World Psychiatric Association.

Condemning the NMC Bill of 2017 Tandon also said: "This is basically not the National Medical Commission but a local medical commission".

"Unscientific mixing of systems and empowering of other practitioners through bridge courses will only pave the way for substandard doctors and substandard medical practice".

The bill also allows private colleges to decide fee for 60 per cent of the seats; it is 15 per cent now.

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No permission would be needed to add new seats or to start post-graduate courses, it says.

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