The private doctors of the state as per call from Indian Medical Association (IMA) remained on strike throughout the day today. During this OPD in all the private hospitals remained closed and hundreds of patients were made to wander for treatment here & there.
The doctors were rendering only emergency services and they were all protesting against the National Medical Council Bill (NMCB) 2019. In this strike the medical student network was also involved. The doctors associated with IMA informed that as per the NMC Bill, that apart from the MBBA medical professional, the doctors from different systems of would get the permission to practice at as Medical Professionals.
This will downgrade the higher quality of level of medical professionals in India. On the other hand, with passing of National Medical Commission Bill, 50% of the seats of private medical college would be given to managment qouta and this will make the medical education even more costlier.
IMA state unit members charged that the government in order to increase strength of doctors has found out this obsolete and impratical an alternative and by doing so even the Quacks will get the right to practice Allopathy modern medicine and their treatment would have adverse effect when it comes to quality.
President of IMA Hospital Board Dr Rakesh Gupta said that in protest against medical bill 2019, the OPDs in all the private hospitals remained closed in Raipur and other cities in state from 6:00 am onwards and which will continue till 6:00 am on Thursday. He said that the doctors associated with IMA are not even taking classes in the Medical College.
The major protest of these doctors is against section 32, which allows lakhs of medical students to practice. With this bill, even the quacks and inexperienced would become and act like doctors. The private medical colleges would fix the fees as per their requirement and this will make it difficult for poor students to pursue medical profession. This indirectly will promote corruption. The doctors and office bearers of IMA demanded to withdraw certain provisions in the bill.