Doctors in India against NMC bill protest and nationwide strike

NEW DELHI: Doctors all over the country are holding a ‘token’ strike with all non-essential services being eliminated to protest against the way of National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill 2019 in the Lok Sabha.

Outpatient Department (OPD) services are anticipated to be hampered due to the strike but Emergency, casualty, ICU and other associated services are assumed to reside unaltered. The Indian Medical Association (IMA), the biggest party of doctors and students in the country, has driven all doctors to engage in the strike.

The NMC Bill which was passed by the Lok Sabha on July 29 attempts to create the National Medical Commission (NMC) in place of the Medical Council of India (MCI). The Bill also offers a common final-year MBBS examination, known as National Exit Test (NEXT), for admission to post-graduate medical courses and for getting a license to practice medicine.

Besides this, the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), common counselling and NEXT would be applicable to institutes of national importance like AIIMS in order to accomplish a common norm in medical education in the country. The Bill was passed with 260 members voting in its favour and 48 against it.

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