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Bengaluru: Doctor's strike to hit outpatient services in govt, pvt hospitals

Bengaluru Jan 1(DHNS): Outpatient services in private and government hospitals in the state are likely to be hit on Tuesday due to the protest by doctors against the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill.

Routine services will be closed from six in the morning to six in the evening.

However, operation theatres, casualty and other emergency services will continue.

The NMC Bill was tabled in Parliament on Friday and seeks to replace MCI (Medical Council of India) and also allows practitioners of alternative medicines, such as homoeopathy and ayurveda, to practise allopathy after completing a "bridge course".

"We will close outpatient services to send out a message that the Bill is draconian," said Dr B Veeranna, secretary, Indian Medical Association, Bengaluru.

In Hubballi, the Hubballi unit of the IMA staged a protest before the tahsildar's office and submitted a memorandum.

IMA Hubballi unit president Dr G B Sathoora said outpatient departments will remain closed on Tuesday.

In Bengaluru, around 200 medical students under the Karnataka Medical Students and Youth Doctors Association gathered on Monday to hold a protest. The protest was staged by students from both private and government medical institutions.

"We want the central government to reconsider the National Medical Commission Bill. The amendments should be in favour of doctors," Dr Bharath Kumar, president, Karnataka Medical Students and Youth Doctors Association.

He added that the exit exam introduced in the Bill is not justified. To clear one more exam after four years of graduation is a burden on the students, he said.

Among other concerns raised by the doctors is the inclusion of AYUSH (ayurveda, unani, sidda and homoeopathy) under the proposed NMC. Dr Kumar said a six-month bridge course for AYUSH professionals cannot be equated to four years of medical education.

"If AYUSH is brought under NMC, anyone can take up the profession," said Dr Kumar.

He said bringing AYUSH practitioners under NMC will spell doom for not only the modern medical profession but also the health of the public.

Dr Veeranna said the appointment of members to the commission is not by election, but rather by nomination by the Union government.

"If this happens, the nominated members will be obligated to the government and not the public," said Dr Veeranna. 


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  • mahesh, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    The other factor contributing to the shortage of medical doctors is the emigration of physicians. India is the largest source of physicians in the US and the UK, and the second and third largest in Australia and Canada.

    This brain drain is especially expensive because many of them are trained in colleges subsidized by the government. It is within the purview of the NMC Bill to recommend a policy to limit emigration of newly graduated doctors. Thailand successfully adopted such a measure in 1972. Their policy mandates three years of government work for all post-graduates. The first year is spent in provincial hospitals, while the second and third years are spent in rural or community hospitals. Statistical evidence indicates that this policy limited brain drain, and reduced medical professional density disparity between rural and urban areas.

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  • mahesh, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    the country’s highest court was so suspicious of the MCI’s credibility that it appointed a three-member expert committee to oversee its functioning till the government undertook remedial action

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Bengaluru/Katapadi

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    If the doctors continue this type of strikes,they are really loosing public sympathy

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  • Anilkumar, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Why is everyone after doctors? Just because a few unscrupulous doctors overcharge and practice unethical methods, one cannot bring in law to put every doctor to hardship. It will only result in doctors going out of the country to practice. Medical facility in India is one of the best ones in the world. Soon it will turn into a nightmare for patients to get the right medical treatment.

    What law do we have for other professionals like lawyers, CAs, etc. from following unscrupulous practice? Why is everyone silent on politicians not being brought under any law? Even a goonda, criminal can continue as a politician. Criminals can rule the country and bring in laws to suit them!! Then why go after doctors only??

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    I wonder if these Doctor's are Genuine ...

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  • Gabriel, sagar

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    God who heals never goes on strike, but people who treat for a cost go on strike. God is free, but others are too costly.

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  • mahesh, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Here are a few features of this new bill:
    1) The government, under the National Medical Commission (NMC), can dictate guidelines for fees up to 40% of seats in private medical colleges. This is aimed at giving students relief from the exorbitant fees charged by these colleges and is a standout feature of the bill.
    2) The bill also has a provision for a common entrance exam and licentiate (exit) exam that medical graduates have to pass before practising or pursuing PG courses. For MBBS, students have to clear NEET, and before they step into practice, they must pass the exit exam.
    3) Recognised medical institutions don’t need the regulator’s permission to add more seats or start PG course. This mechanism to reduce the discretionary powers of the regulator.
    4) Fewer elected members to the new commission.
    5) Earlier, medical colleges required the MCI’s approval for establishment, recognition, renewal of the yearly permission or recognition of degrees, and even increase the number of students they admitted. Under the new bill, the powers of the regulator are reduced to establishment and recognition. This means less red tape, but also less scrutiny of medical colleges.

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  • Dr.S.Kamath, Mumbai

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Why are you silent
    1. on the provision of AYUSH Drs to practise Modern medicine with just 6 months bridge course
    2. Allowing Private Medical Colleges to increase the number of MBBS seats without much restriction on availability of teachers or other clinical facilities
    3. Making the Medical council a puppet of Central Govt by putting all Central Govt nominated Drs and some Non Medical professionals also .only a few representatives of Drs community

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  • mahesh, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    regarding this ayush thing, do not know much so cannot comment.
    about the increase in seat without needing license, its good because they will get the degree only on the basis of exit exam.The new Bill looks at moving to a less regulated environment in medical education, in favour of “outcome based monitoring”.
    You may very well know that there is enough corruption done during the inspection for renewal of licenses. At present, the Medical Council of India (MCI) gives permission for the establishment and recognition of medical colleges, renews their licenses and approves increases in intake of students. Once the new Bill is implemented, colleges do not need to renew licences, and can increase student intake on their own. But they still have to go through the exit exam. so the colleges will have to increase thier standards.
    as far as getting teachers, If you treat the teachers better,you will get more teachers.Its a simple market chararteristic.

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  • mahesh, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    This time you wont be getting public support.
    You can do all the strike you want.

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  • mahesh, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    why are they objecting for the exit exam? if they have studied, it shouldn't be a problem.
    As it is, the results of this exit exam will be used for post graduate entry.
    looks like these guys are scared that they will be tested.

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  • Ramesh, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    So , as per this bill, an mbbs doctor who has been trained for 4.5 yr + 1 year internship has to write an exam to be able to practice , whereas an AYUSH trained individual has no such restriction and can suddenly start prescribing allopathic treatments after a short 6 month bridge course. amazing..India is truely shining.
    Furthermore , rather than improving the infrastructure of government owned hospitals, they wish to order the corporates to charge a pittance for patient's treatment. CT machines and other devices in govt. institutions remain non functional even after 3 months inspite of repeated requests to repair them.
    In India, the total expenditure on healthcare as percentage of GDP is just 4%, while in the US it is 17% (and still not enough).

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  • Dr.S.Kamath, Mumbai

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    65000 MBBS Doctors are produced every year .But still Govt says there are no enough Drs .
    Govt wants cheap labour so want to hire AYUSH Doctors Pay them less and makes the poor patients treated by them instead of paying proper salary to MBBS qaulified Doctors who need to be paid good salary as they get higher salary abroad otherwise

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