Partial response to IMA's calls for 12-hour strike in Karnataka

Our Bureau, BengaluruTuesday, January 2, 2018, 16:15 Hrs  [IST]

In response to the Indian Medical Association's protest against the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill 2017, which seeks to replace the Medical Council of India with a new body, the Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (PHANA) have supported the call to stall outpatient services today at all private hospitals in Karnataka.

PHANA has  supported the  IMA's call to close the  outpatient department (OPD) today. However the final decision to boycott from OPD is left to the individual doctors, stated Dr C Jayanna, president elect, PHANA

The 51-year old Medical Council of India is being  proposed to be replaced by the National Medical Commission (NMC) as per the recommendations of Niti Aayog. The representatives of the IMA Bengaluru branch view the move to  disrupt the modern medical system in the country .

IMA had asked hospitals to suspend routine health services today from 6 am to 6pm. But the hospitals in the state have ensured that service is there for those patients which have booked the appointment.

Outpatient services are on at Apollo, Narayana Health City, Manipal and Gleneagles BGS. However Vikram hospital has taken a decision not to take any new appointments for today. But the hospital has extended OPD services to its patients who have booked  appointments for today.

According to Dr. Sudarshan Ballal, Chairman Manipal Hospitals,  IMA has called for a protest by the doctors and it is left to the individual doctors if they want to go on strike.
“Our Hospital will be functioning normally and as before. We are not denying any treatments or any patient walk-ins to the OPD,” said Dr. Ballal.

OPDs are working only for a few minutes we were tackling the protest, said Dr Yateesh Govindaiah, Medical Superindent at Apollo Hospital BG Road.

The state medical services have been impacted for the second time. On November 17, 2017  the private hospitals represented by 22,000 doctors  boycotted to  attending patients as they opposed  to the Karnataka Private Medical Establishment Amendment Bill that prescribes fixed prices for the treatments and also holds them accountable in case of medical negligence.