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NMC Bill sent to standing committee, IMA ends stir

Our Bureau, New Delhi
Tuesday, January 2, 2018, 17:15 Hrs  [IST]

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) today called off its nationwide 12-hour strike after the government’s decision to send the controversial National Medical Commission Bill to the Parliamentary Standing Committee.

“We are grateful to the government for taking the right decision. Our primary demand was to send the Bill to the standing committee. We welcome the move,” IMA Secretary General Dr RN Tandon told Chronicle Pharmabiz.

The IMA had called for suspending routine services to protest against a bill that seeks to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI) with a new regulatory body.

The Bill was tabled in Parliament on Friday.  It also proposes to allow practitioners of alternative medicines such as Homoeopathy and Ayurveda to practise modern medicine after completing a ‘bridge course’.

The IMA has strongly opposed the NMC bill, saying it will cripple the functioning of medical professionals by making them completely answerable to the bureaucracy and non-medical administrators. It has declared January 2 as ‘Black Day’.

 

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