Disciplinary action against striking doctors; warns health ministry

However, the Resident Doctor Associaton (RDA) of Safdarjung hospital has not resumed their emergency services. When contacted, RDA President, Safdarjung hospital, Prakash Thakur, said that protest will continue.

Meanwhile, AIIMS administration has deployed heavy security not to let doctors stage a protest on the road.

“We are sitting at gate no.1 of AIIMS and requesting the President of India to intervene. Emergency services are running. Patients are being treated by resident doctors here,” said former RDA President, AIIMS, Dr Vijay Gujjar.

On Friday, the doctors had met Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan to discuss the various provisions on the NMC Bill. Despite the meeting, the medical practitioners went ahead with the strike.

Both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha had passed the NMC Bill which seeks to create National Medical Commission in place of Medical Council of India (MCI) with Vardhan terming it as an “anti-vested interests Bill” which will be remembered as one of the greatest reforms brought by the Narendra Modi government.

It provides for the repeal of the Indian Medical Council Act 1956. The Bill provides that the common final year MBBS exam be known as NEXT which would serve as a licentiate exam for entrance to post-graduate medical courses and as a screening test for foreign medical graduates.

Doctors have shown their dissatisfaction over the ambiguity of the Bill. For example, the doctors are uncertain on the concept of NEXT and demolishing NEET-PG. Similarly, they are disagreeing the concept of Community Health Providers (CHP) included in the Bill.

The agitating doctors have expressed concern over the privatization of medical education. “The NMC Bill will give undue favours to the private medical colleges or unaided universities by decreasing the percentage of seats under the controlled fee structure from 85 per cent to 50 per cent,” they said.

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