Health Ministry warns of strict disciplinary actions against striking doctors

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Union Health Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan warns striking doctors of strict action in case of non-compliance to their duties. Health ministry has given an ultimatum of 11 am today after which it will seek to invoke tough actions against striking doctors.

The Medical administration has been crippled due to the ongoing protests by Doctor’s association in the capital region over the provisions of National Medical Commission Bill, 2019.

The protest has entered in its third day consecutively, as a result of which, Ministry of Health has directed these doctors to steer off their action. On a day earlier, Friday, Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has already appealed to these doctors for ending the demonstrations.

Dr. Sunil Gupta, Safdarjung hospital’s medical director said, “This is really sad that at Safdarjung hospital, medical services have shut down including emergency healthcare facilities. Every day, 10,000 patients visit the hospital for health care treatment. This is so difficult for patients. We have given a strict ultimatum to the resident doctors to join their duties by 11 am today. Otherwise, we are taking action against them,” as per ANI reports.

National Medical Commission Bill 2019, which seeks to repeal the Indian Medical Council Act 1956 has been passed by Parliament. Now the Bill will be sent to the President for his assent. It provides for common final year MBBS exam to be called National Exit Test (NEXT), which would serve as a parameter for entry into postgraduate medical courses.

By late Friday, AIIMS doctor resumed their emergency services due to the efforts of the Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA). But Safdarjung doctors have yet not done the same. AIIMS administration has also installed heavy security around the perimeter of the hospital to stop their doctors from reaching the streets for protests.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan has repeatedly cleared the air around contentious provisions of the bill. He has termed NMC Bill as an “anti-vested interest bill”.

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