Nationwide protests against anti- poor , anti -students NMC Bill by IMA doctors and students.
Photo Credit: IMA - MSN ( For representational purpose).
The Indian Medical Association which is the largest representative organisation of the doctors in the country has decisively rejected the National Medical Commission (NMC) which is a unvisionary homicidal liquidation of the medical fraternity & medical education. IMA is of the view that the modified draft of the NMC Bill which was tabled yesterday in the Lok Sabha is largely Anti poor and Anti Student and will give rise to corruption in the healthcare system. IMA Medical Students' Network (MSN ) units throughout the country are today observing the “Burn NMC” Movement in their respective medical colleges. The proposal of scrapping NEET PG exam and replacing it with NEXT has not gone well among the students.
Some of the controversial clauses due to which it has been termed Anti poor include giving up the private medical colleges the right to decide fees for 50 percent of seats, while 50 percent will be determined by NMC. It is feared that this move will give rise to multifold increment in capitation fees and corruption will increase. The bill also provides for limited license to Ayush doctors to prescribe and write modern medicine thus indirectly paving way for the bridge course. This move will provide lateral entry to Ayush doctors to practice modern medicine. The move will undoubtedly affect the healthcare of rural population and community health services as underprivileged sections of society will be treated by Ayush doctors thus snatching from them the right to quality healthcare. Students are also protesting against the proposed final year EXIT exam which will also serve as a gateway to entry in post graduate course. The composition of NMC is also a cause of concern as it’s structure is largely undemocratic and instead of experts from medical domain , persons from different fields may also become it’s member as appointed by the central government. IMA is demanding more transparent and proportional representation in NMC.
Doctors and students today protested against the draconian bill in front of AIIMS Delhi, JIPMER, and other prominent medical institutions. Prominent IMA leaders who participated at AIIMS include Dr. Sreejith N Kumar ( Chairman IMA MSN Committee) , Dr. Harjit Singh Bhatti ( Ex. President AIIMS RDA ) , Dr. Mrityunjaya Gupta ( General Secretary- IMA MSN ) among others. Similar protests have been reported from different parts of the country. Other prominent medical student associations such as All India Medical Students Association are also protesting against this bill .
At this crucial juncture the government must consider the viewpoints of medical fraternity and the students before moving ahead with any such new measures that could harm the patients' welfare and may have serious consequences on the career prospects of MBBS students. IMA MSN has made it clear that it would not rollback until the draconian clauses from the bill are removed .
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