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"To register our protest, routine medical services like OPD and elective surgeries across the country have been withdrawn between 6 am and 6 pm at our member hospitals and health institutions", national president Ravi Wankhede had told news agency IANS. "This is very cruel", said a woman at the state-run General Hospital.
The strike call was given by the Indian Medical Association (IMA). "The National Medical Commission will be a regulator appointed by the administrators under their direct control", Agarwal said. The structure of National Medical Commission is draconian, undemocratic, unparliamentarian and against the basic ethos and ethics that have been upheld by the Medical Council of India.
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The bridge course will be decided upon at a meeting between the proposed National Medical Commission, the Central Council of Homoeopathy and the Central Council of Indian Medicine.
After the new bill, private colleges will no longer need permission to increase number of seats in undergraduate and postgraduate seats as they would be able do that on their own. A medical practitioner from the city said that on the one hand the government is planning to come up with a bridge course to allow alternate medecine practitioners to prescribe allopathic medecine, while on the other it is introducing more examinations for MBBS doctors.
He said bringing AYUSH practitioners under NMC will spell doom for not only the modern medical profession but also the health of the public. "Secondly, the NMC will make medical education another fertile ground for bureaucratic red tapism".
"The bill in the present form is not acceptable".