Fri. Sep 20th, 2019

Indian Medical Association calls for a one-day countrywide strike of medical facilities on the 8th of August

Ever since the NMC bill passed in Rajya Sabha, doctors have been adamantly opposing some of its provisions.

The Indian Medical Association, on the 8th of August, has called for the removal of healthcare facilities countrywide in order to object to some of the provisions mentioned in the National Medical Commission Bill.

According to the Indian Medical Association, the chief worries of the medical community have not been addressed in the National Medical Commission Bill.

“We will observe the black day for 3 days. And on 8th August we have decided that we will have a 24-hour strike. It is in the people’s interest”, stated Vinay Aggarwal, former IMA president.

The decision to observe strike was made, on Monday, at an Extended Action Committee discussion which took place at the IMA headquarters.

The medical fraternity has also asked for countrywide demonstrations and hunger strikes. Doctors have also asked the medical student body to not attend their classes so as to show their solidarity with the Indian Medical Association.

On Monday, AIIMS Students’ Union’s members protested in front of the establishment and refused to partake in any academics that day.

Doctors have been objecting section number 32 and 15 of the NMC Bill related licensing of healthcare providers and the entrance test for post-graduate students. But Harsh Vardhan, the Union health minister, praised the NMC Bill saying it will be advantageous to medical students and doctors alike. According to the Bill, the Medical Council of India will be replaced by a National Medical Commission. Harsh Vardhan then assured the medical fraternity how all of their objections regarding the National Medical Commission Bill will be thoroughly dealt with. Following this statement, doctors at AIIMS and Safdarjung Hospital called off the strike and went back to their allotted duties.