Delhi Doctors Strike: Rajya Sabha on July 29 passed the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill 2019. The bill aims to repel the Indian Medical Council Act 1956. The NMC bill considered as one of the biggest reforms in medical education, India.
Protests against the NMC Bill 2019 continued in Delhi as well as in other parts of the country. Despite of the fact that Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan persuaded doctors and medical students to end the strike, it still continued.
Harsh Vardhan’s statements to media :
“I have tried to explain that how NMC will work. I also explained the role of Community Health Providers (CHP). The concept of mid-level practitioners is recognized worldwide and this concept has also been highlighted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Lancet Journal,” Harsh Vardhan said demonstrating different examples around the globe.
“The National Medical Commission will decide who all need to be trained and how they can be included in primary healthcare system. Doctors should not defy their duties towards patients. NMC Bill is a blessing for aspiring doctors. Those who are not able to understand it today will realize its benefits in the coming years,” Harsh added to his earlier statements.
The IMA considers the Bill as ‘anti-poor’, ‘anti-student’ and ‘undemocratic’ . Moreover, it is raising concerns over Section 32 of the NMC Bill . This specific section provides for licensing of 3.5 lakh non-medical persons to practice modern medicine.
IMA said that it will also not accept this section because of unqualified non-medical persons registered and allowed to practice.
Harsh Vardhan on Friday met protesting doctors , members of Indian Medical Association (IMA) and medical students. He urged Delhi Doctors Strike to resume their work . In addition to this, he also assured them that the legislation is in the interest of doctors, patients and medical students .
Healthcare services at many government hospitals in various parts of the country severely hit. The doctors have withdrawn services including emergency services in protest against the bill since Thursday morning.
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