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Medicos Opposing National Medical Commission bill have severe lack of knowledge on it: Study


Medicos Opposing National Medical Commission bill have severe lack of knowledge on it: Study

Members of IMA Medical Students Network (IMA-MSN) and those who participated in the protest rally, both had low awareness of NMC bill, found the authors

New Delhi: The dissolution of the Medical Council of India and its impending replacement with a newly constituted body-National Medical Commission has indeed become a matter of divide in the medical profession. While the central government has made its intention clear of bringing in the new commission, the Indian Medical Association has been staunchly opposing the move on various grounds, ever since the NMC Bill was put in the public domain.

The IMA opposition led to severe protests and rallies across the country, which saw strong participation from medical students. The IMA highlighted various its opposition on various features of the Bill, including lack of representation of the medical fraternity, bridge course for AYUSH, licentiate exam and many more.

While medicos across the country have shown a staunch opposition to the impending National Medical Commission Bill, there is a severe lack of knowledge on the bill itself amoung the medicos, a recent study has suggested.

The study which has been published in the recent edition of the International Journal of Community Medicine and Public Health revealed that Medical students lack knowledge about the NMC bill, but have a strong negative attitude towards it.

Doctors who are associated with the Department of Community Medicine, Azeezia Institute of Medical Sciences and Research performed a  cross-sectional study among medical students in a private medical college in south India. A tool based on each section of the NMC bill was developed to assess knowledge. The attitude was assessed using a 5-point Likert scale. Separate knowledge and attitude scores were computed. Statistical analyses, Descriptive statistics, Chi-square test, logistic regression analyses were then performed.

The study revealed that among those tested only 31.49% had adequate knowledge of the NMC bill. The major source of information regarding the NMC Bill was social media (191; 81.28%), followed by newspapers (107; 45.53%). Further, those who were aware of the amendments to the bill; and who received information about the bill from newspapers were significantly more likely to have adequate knowledge.

The medicos through the survey were also if they were members of the Indian Medical Association Medical Student Network (IMA-MSN); and if they had participated in a protest rally organised by Indian Medical Association (IMA).

The study revealed that Participation in IMA protest rally was significantly associated with a negative attitude. However. the authors noted that surprisingly, among the sample, members of IMA Medical Students Network (IMA-MSN) and those who participated in the protest rally, both had low awareness of NMC bill (14.9% and 44.6% respectively)

The authors also found that those belonging to the main (regular) batch was significantly associated with a positive attitude towards the bill. Having said that the authors shared the result that Superior knowledge was not associated with a positive attitude towards the bill

The authors concluded that Medical students lack knowledge about the NMC bill, but have a strong negative attitude towards it, adding that a Negative attitude is significantly associated with participation in IMA protest rally against NMC bill.

You can read the article by clicking on the following link

Johnson, L., Sulfy, J., Shajahan, L., Vayalil, M., Mangalathumannil, A., & Palli Thodi, M. (2018). Medical students and the National Medical Commission bill: negativity and misinformation combine. International Journal Of Community Medicine And Public Health, 5(11), 4739-4745. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20184224




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  1. IMA don\’t have adequate knowledge of NMC bill and other person have so much knowledge,very strange,the main aim of this to exploit the medical industry by allowing opening of new medical colleges by businessman and loot the public and make this profession worse like other degrees like LLB,BED, ENGINEERING,and take all control in their hand

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    Dr. S.Nagaraja Rtd prof of PHYSIOLOGY Davangere November 11, 2018, 10:23 am

    If MNC bill becomes a reality, then it is worth to enter any AYUSH degree and take up bridge course and practice. Why should students struggle to get MBBS degree?. Why students should spend lakhs if rupees for MBBS degree? Do AYUSH course and practice allopathy. Is not it immoral? Rural people will be scapegoats. God only save village people. Pl think ten times about the aftereffects.

  3. Those favouring NMC bridge courses please visit any rural areas in Maharashtra to see AYUS doctors doing cut practice, unethical practices, allopathic practice and riding Ferrari, Benz , Mercedes cars…

  4. AYUSH doctors will practice Allopathic medicine, Allopathic MBBS doctors will have to clear Licensing examination so they will NOT be able to practice Allopathic medicine. Medical colleges given free hand to hand out degrees without any inspection or regulation or employing Faculties. We all will be sitting on road and begging with our children. N MC bill in a nutshell.

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    ASHA PAI-DHUNGAT November 11, 2018, 9:02 am

    The 3 most important points that are the basis of discord between IMA & NMC don\’t seem to be adequately addressed, viz. Sufficient representation of all states in NMC, bridge course for AYUSH students to permit them to practice Allopathy, & in contrast, an extra exit test for MBBS students to get licensed to practice Allopathy. It amounts to a step motherly attitude towards MBBS students who already have to go through a hectic course of five & half years including 1 year of rotating internship .They also have to serve a 1 year bond in rural areas, which is not the case with AYUSH students. How can the 2 groups be considered as equivalent when there\’s no similar exit exam for AYUSH students? Besides, India is a country with diverse population so adequate representation from all states is a must A handful of doctors can\’t decide the fate of thousands of doctors coming from different parts of India having diverse types of requirements.