Docs in Vidarbha flay NMC Bill, observe Black Day

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Jan 2018 09:33:14


The Hitavada Team,


To express their strong protest against the proposed National Medical Commission Bill, 2017, doctors and their organisations across Vidarbha observed Tuesday as Black Day. Listing many issues with the Bill in its present format, the doctors demanded that the Bill be withdrawn at the earliest. Meanwhile medical services were affected due to the ‘bandh’ observed by the medical fraternity on Tuesday.

AMRAVATI: WITH Amravati Branch of Indian Medical Association observing Tuesday as black day to condemn the proposed NMC bill of Central Government, doctors in the city kept their establishments closed between 6 am and 6 pm. Only emergency and critical care services were provided during the ‘bandh’ causing lot of inconvenience to patients. A delegation of IMA, led by Dr B R Deshmukh, presented an memorandum to Dr Nitin Vyawhare, Residential Deputy Collector, listing their demands.

According to IMA, the NMC Bill could affect medical service due to some strict clauses in it. The bill will render ineffective section 15 from IMC Act and therefore MBBS degree would not be required for providing modern medical service. Similarly, doctors even after passing MBBS exam could not start clinics till they pass NEXT exam. The act allows to provide license to Ayush doctors to provide modern medicine (Allopathy) service without appearing for NEXT exam, Ayush doctors can take admission for Post Graduate Modern Medicine (Allopathy), private medical educational institute will decide fee structure for 60 percent of seats, doctors acquiring medical degree from abroad can prove eligible for medical service in India without passing any qualifying exam etc. This Act will put patient and their security in danger, memorandum stated.

A delegation of members of IMA presented memorandum to District Collector condeming the Bill and demanded its withdrawal.
All doctors observed Tuesday as Black Day and also kept their clinic and medical practices closed between 6 am to 6 pm on Tuesday.

Dr Dinesh Waghade, Secretary of Amravati Branch of IMA, Dr Ashish Saboo, Treasurer, Dr Vasant Lunge, Dr Ashish Lande, Dr Pankaj Ghundiyal, Dr Bharti Lunge, Dr Neeraj Murkey, Dr Alka Kuthe, Dr Shyamsunder Soni, Dr Manoj Gupta, Dr Shrigopal Rathi, Dr Nitin Rathi, Dr Dinesh Thakare, Dr Gopal Belokar, Dr Sandip Dankhede and many others have participated in the agitation.

WARDHA/HINGANGHAT: INDIAN Medical Association units in Wardha and Hinganghat came together to join the national-level bandh and observed Black Day on Tuesday by protesting the present form of National Medical Commission Bill, 2017, presented by Central Government. They opined that the said bill is anti-poor, anti-people, non- representative, undemocratic and anti-federal in character. The hospitals in Wardha and Hinganghat were closed from 6 am to 6 pm. The patients had to suffer a lot during the protest.

Doctors observed Black Day on Tuesday by opposing the present form of National Medical Commission Bill. A memorandum was also submitted in this regard to Collector Shailesh Naval. Under the leadership of Dr Anupam Hiwlekar, District President, Dr Shantanu Chavan, Secretary, Dr Sachin Pawade, Dr Satish Harne, Dr Vinod Adalkhiya and other office bearers and members were present on the occasion. Hospitals were closed for 12 hours from 6 am on Tuesday.

In Hingnaghat, the doctors submitted a memorandum to Samadhan Shendge, SDO. Dr Pramod Singhwi, President of IMI, Dr Rupesh Lodha, Dr Sayamkar, Dr Dileep Jobanputra, Dr Madhusudhan Goyanka, Dr Prakash Lahoti, Dr Ramesh Karwa and others were present.