This site is intended for Healthcare professionals only.

Doctors outcry leads National Medical Commission Bill to Standing committee

Doctors outcry leads National Medical Commission Bill to Standing committee

Doctors strike Called off after the Bill was referred to the Parliamentary committee

New Delhi: Opposing the National Medical Commission Bill 2017, more than 2.9 lakh doctors observing a 12-hour nationwide strike in protest. A a result, the NMC Bill which was introduced to replace Medical Council of India (MCI) has been referred to the standing committee.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar informed the Lok Sabha “after taking into the consideration the demands of several members of the House and medical fraternity, the National Medical Commission Bill has been referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee,” reports The Hindu 

Union Minister Ananth Kumar also requested that standing committee report  be submitted before Budget session.

Defending the said bill, Union Health Minister, JP Nadda said in the Rajya Sabha that the NMC is for the benefit of the medical profession and the country, reports The Indian Express

The National Medical Commission Bill 2017, which seeks to replace MCI with a new body, to ensure transparency, was introduced in the Lok Sabha recently. The bill also seeks to allow practitioners of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy, to practice modern medicine once they complete a short term “bridge course”.

Clause 49 of the Bill calls for a joint sitting of the National Medical Commission, the Central Council of Homoeopathy and the Central Council of Indian Medicine at least once a year “to enhance the interface between homoeopathy, Indian Systems of Medicine and modern systems of medicine”.

In a press release, a copy of which is with Medical Dialogues, IMA stated ” It is unacceptable to IMA and modern medical professionals of India.” IMA called it as “Anti people and anti-patient Bill”

The medical association further said, “NMC is an anti poor bill with pro-private management clauses. The bill purported to eradicate corruption is designed to open the floodgates of corruption. A bill  to regulate the medical education and medical practice without the consequences of the medical profession.”

In response to NMC bill which is widely apposed by IMA the newly-appointed IMA national president Dr Ravi Wankhedkar said “The IMA headquarter hereby declares closure of all routine services for 12 hours from 6 AM to 6 PM tomorrow across the country.”

The Delhi Medical Association (DMA) also supported the IMA’s protest and called upon all private and corporate hospitals in the national capital to keep their OPD services closedIMA members also held a meeting with the Union Health minister J P Nadda and conveyed their concerns over the Bill

IMA president Dr K K Aggarwal, the former president of the IMA, said they have already written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the health minister urging them to redraft the Bill and rectify some of its provisions to protect the interest of the medical practitioners.

Even the largest body on Resident doctors in India FORDA has come out in support of the IMA in their fight against the current NMC bill by wearing black ribbon during working hours. Dr. Choksey President FORDA Said, “FORDA India hereby stands in support of the 12 hour (6a.m to 6 p.m) Strike called by IMA against the proposed National Medical Commission (NMC Bill). The bill in its current form is unacceptable as it is anti-poor, anti-people, non-representative, undemocratic and anti-federal in nature. Considering the hardships that the patients would have to bear in the event of a strike, the residents of medical colleges and hospitals associated with FORDA will be wearing Black Ribbon on 2nd January, against the proposed NMC Bill. We might be forced to take some hard steps for our demands in the near future in line with IMA.”

Demands of IMA 

The issue of Doctors strike came to an end after the Bill was referred to the Parliamentary committee. The Indian Medical Association has raised the following demands,

  • The NMC should reflect the aspiration and the vision of the medical profession of the country. IMA demands one elected representative in NMC from the registered Medical Graduates of every state (and not in the Medical Advisory Council).
  • No separate registration for AYUSH. The minimum qualification to practice modern medicine shall remain MBBS. No bridge courses to MBBS. No joint council meetings to formulate them. IMA will facilitate the deployment of 65,000 fresh MBBS graduates  graduating every year in Rural Health Services with appropriate working conditions and incentives.
  • No licentiate exam after final MBBS examination. IMA proposes common All India Final MBBS examination
  • Legitimate inspection and appropriate regulation on starting and running a Medical College. 85 percent government fixed fee in private medical colleges.

Source: with agency inputs
40 comment(s) on Doctors outcry leads National Medical Commission Bill to Standing committee

Share your Opinion Disclaimer

Sort by: Newest | Oldest | Most Voted
  1. Excellent news

  2. user
    Doctor Vigilant January 6, 2018, 3:14 pm

    Lastly have read on Facebook a misleading post by IMA , that FMG are given an open entry and Indian graduates would have to sit on licenciate examination.

    Not true at all!!
    FMGs will give a licenciate exam , the same which Indian graduates will give.Only that before the exam was named FMG exam , now national licenciate exam.

    This rumour was spread by IMA, beware of misleading information that notorious IMA is spreading.Report any misleading information to general public.

  3. If any organisation works in anti-national fashion , as to disrupt essential services which involves human lives , should be banned. Any individual propagating hate or hatred in young immature minds of our students, should be sent for hard jail sentence.

    Doctors are part of the society, and it is the elected by the people government who has to decide what is best for the people of India. What may be good for a minuscule group ,not necessarily should be good for whole of India.Government should not bend before these thugs , Ketan Desai disciples whom we do not respect at all. If IMA gets funny next time , it has to be dealt firmly and should be totally crushed both by government and the medical fraternity of this country.
    Naddaji, Modiji do what you think is best for India, not necessarily what these corrupt notorious organisations think.IMA should be outlawed as this organisation is fuelling aggression , hatred among young minds of India.The reason that they are doing is that want their domination going in the medical field along with MCI.

  4. As doctors do not want to go to villages and Ayush, Homeopathy doctors are present there, the idea was to empower certain limited medications in certain limited diseases so that people in remote areas do not of simple diseases like pneumonia for example due to lack of doctors.

    However cross paths is not the ideal thing but what to do if MBBS doctors are not going to say tribal areas, villages etc., and Ayush and homeopaths are ready to become medical officers there.

  5. IMA spreading rumors national exit exam for both foreign and Indian medical graduates. not only for Indian medical graduates. exam results use for license and PG admission so that transparency can be maintained.