The Hush Post: The Indian Medical Association (IMA), which had called for a 12-hour shutdown of all private hospitals in the country on Tuesday, has called off the strike . Following protest from the opposition parties as well as doctors, Union Minister Ananth Kumar, said in Lok Sabha today that the Bill will be sent to a parliamentary standing committee. The committee has been asked to give its report before the Budget session.
Earlier in the day, Union health minister J P Nadda said in Parliament that talks were on with the IMA to clear their doubts. “Talks are on. We have heard them (the doctors) and also presented our views,” he said.
“This (Bill) is beneficial to the medical profession,” Nadda said in the Rajya Sabha after the members raised the issue of strike by the doctors across the country.
The call got a mixed response as several big corporate hospitals, including Apollo, BLK Super specialty and Sir Ganga Ram among dozen others preferred to keep their OPDs operational.
“We called off our strike as the Bill has been referred to a Parliamentary Standing Committee which has members from diverse fields and there should now be a fruitful discussion,” IMA’s K K Aggarwal, who was spearheading the stir, said. The strike called by the IMA went on for around eight hours today. The strike was held to protest a proposed legislation seeking to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI) with a new body National Medical Commission (NMC).
The IMA has been opposing the Bill saying it would “cripple” the functioning of medical professionals by making them completely answerable to the bureaucracy and non- medical administrators.
IMA has already written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Union health minister urging them to redraft the Bill and rectify some of its provisions to protect the interest of medical practitioners.