NMC Bill will benefit medical profession, says Health Minister Nadda

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Indian Medical Association has called for suspending routine services for 12 hours on Tuesday in protest against the Bill. Mr. Nadda said talks with the striking doctors were going on. It also proposes to allow practitioners of alternative medicines, such as homoeopathy and ayurveda, practice allopathy after completing a "bridge course".

Hundreds of private hospitals across the state shut their Out-Patient Departments (OPDs) to protest against the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2017, that seeks to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI). "We have heard them and put forth our perspective as well", Nadda said in Rajya Sabha today.

The IMA claimed that it has the support of over 25,000 doctors from the government and private sector as well as 10,000 medical students in the state. Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda, on the other hand, maintained that the provision will "benefit the medical profession".

Dr Bhupendra Shah, president of the IMA Gujarat Branch said that in its present form, the NMC is a pro private management and pro-rich bill that will pave the way for widespread corruption.

Most of the private hospitals would not operate their OPDs between 6 a.m.to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, said President of the Karnataka chapter of Indian Medical Association (IMA) H.N. Ravindra. "This will seriously impact patient care and patient safety", said the association in the statement.

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"The minimum qualification to practice modern medicine shall remain MBBS".

IMA has four demands - One elected representative in NMC from the Registered Medical Graduates of every state and no separate registration for AYUSH.

"It removes all regulations that were in place before a medical college starts functioning".

The implementation of the new bill of the government under National Commission proposal will strengthen the medical colleges.

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