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IMA threatens to go on nationwide strike to oppose new medical bill in Karnataka

Laxmi Yadav, Mumbai
Monday, November 6, 2017, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has threatened to go on a nationwide strike to protest against Karnataka Private Medical Establishments (amendment) bill if the state government fails to roll back contentious provisions of the bill.

The provisions of the bill opposed by doctors include levying fines when doctors are already accountable under the State Medical Council Act and the consumer forum, imprisonment of doctors in absence of mens rea, fixing charges for specific procedures when MCI Act already defines that charges only need to be transparent and told to the patients in advance, creating a new grievance redressal cell in addition to existing forums including consumer courts and the medical council among others.

The bill also proposed penalties of not less than Rs.25,000 which may extend to Rs.5 lakh and imprisonment of 6 months to three years for any violations. The amendment bill has been tabled on June 13 and is expected to be discussed in the upcoming session of the state legislature.

The national body of three lakh doctors has extended support to a day-long bandh called on last Friday by 50,000 private doctors in the state to protest against the bill.

It urged the chief minister to look into demands of agitating doctors immediately and do not force them to go for an indefinite strike.

National President of IMA Dr KK Aggarwal said that this is the second time the Karnataka unit had to represent on the roads in the past six months. If the demands are not met, national IMA will join the protest and an all India strike will be called for, he added.

Dr Aggarwal said that medical profession is aware that strike is not community friendly and is not the dharma of medical profession but the chief minister should be equally liable if he forces the medical profession to go for an all India strike.

“IMA is not against accountability but these provisions are contradictory to the provisions in the Central Clinical Establishment Act. We are also fighting against a similar law introduced in West Bengal,” he said.


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Lobo Nov 7, 2017 1:55 PM
Government should stop interfering in such matters for the sake of political gain. The bill will severely hurt the public as all medical facilities will go to the dogs in the absence of adequate funds.
Dr Ramakrishna Nov 6, 2017 10:24 PM
If v succeed in unity
It will be a great achievement
It will inspiration for other states
Now public have taken granted that doctors r soft target
They r no more soft target
It is the problem of young doctors
Medical students
More and more medical profession of above category should come farward and involve in the agitation
Private practiceners
Private clinical establishments
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