Kakinada: Private, junior doctors opposing NMC stop all medical services

Kakinada: Private and junior doctors from East and West Godavari districts stopped medical services including emergency services for 12 hours from 6 am to 6 pm on Thursday to oppose the National Medical Council Bill to be submitted by the Central Government. They raised slogans against the Bill demanding that the Central Government abolish it.

NMC that would include 25 members is aimed to regulate medical education and practice. It would determine fees for up to 40 per cent of the seats in private medical institutions and deemed universities. A Search Committee will recommend names to the Centre for the post of chairperson and the part time members.

There are plans to have national licentiate examination through which doctors would be able to obtain licence to practice after graduation. This examination will also be the basis for admission to post-graduate medical courses. State Medical Councils will receive complaints relating to professional or ethical misconduct against a doctor. If the doctor is aggrieved of a decision of the State Medical Council, he may appeal to successively higher levels of authority.

In Kakinada, the doctors led by IMA Kakinada president Dr Vadrevu Ravi took out a procession from Government General Hospital (GGH) that moved through DMHO office, Balaji cheruvu Centre and MRO's office. They formed human chain at Masjid Centre for some time.

Addressing the gathering, Dr Ravi said that the government should delete some of the clauses and provisions like giving permission for medical treatment to RMPS, PMPs, Ayurvedic, Hoemeopathy, Unani and others along with Allopathic medicine. He said that medical education is very expensive for middle class students due to increasing 50 per cent quota to private medical colleges.

In Rajahmundry also, the doctors led by IMA branch president Mr Srinivas expressed their protest and demanded the government should abolish NMC Bill.

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