The Parliamentary Standing Committee passed certain recommendation over the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, which are rejected by the Indian Medical Association. More than 25000 doctors held a ‘mahapanchayat’ at Indira Gandhi Stadium in Delhi to oppose the recommendations and called for a strike for indefinite period starting from April 2nd.
NMC Bill had a proposal to allow the practise of alternative medicines like Ayurveda and homoeopathy after they complete the study or the course of it. Moreover, it also proposed that it should be made compulsory for all the MBBS doctors to pass the National Licentiate Examination, even the foreign graduate for practicing medicine in India. The panel also suggested for integrated NLE with the final year MBBS exam.
Calling these panel suggestions deceptive, the doctors protested the panel, and Ravi Wankhedkar, national president of IMA said that there is no need of such law. He further added that through this they are promoting quackery legally. He also pointed out that the provisions related to the opening of the new medical colleges were ambiguous and the provisions to begin new PG courses were unregulated.
Wankhedkar said the recommendation to increase the regulation of fee in private medical colleges from 40 to 50 percent does not make much difference, the decision is jeopardised itself due to the lack of clarity on implementation.
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