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Indian Medical Association calls a Token strike against NMC Bill on July 31

Fresh Protests against the NMC Bill to take place in the National Capital

Resident Doctor’s Association, AIIMS is yet to take a final call on extending support to the Indian Medical Association and going for a strike.

NEW DELHI: As the Indian Medical Association calls for a ‘token’ strike against the National Medical Commission Bill, 2019, in the Lok Sabha, Outpatient Departments (OPD) services at hospitals will take a hit on Wednesday, 31st July.

“Emergency, Casualty, ICU and related services will function normally. All the medical students are requested to boycott classes and show solidarity,” the IMA stated.

Till the reports came in the evening, the Resident Doctors Association, AIIMS stated that it is yet to take a final call on extending support to IMA and going for a strike.

“The Lok Sabha approved the and passed the draconian NMC Bill yesterday. The democratic lower house dumped healthcare and medical education of our country into darkness by approving undemocratic National Medical Commission Bill 2019. Section 32 of the Bill provides licensing of 3.5 lakh unqualified, non-medical persons to practice modern medicine,” IMA said in a statement.

“Be it Parliament, be it streets, will always stand for the rights of Doctors and medical students,” IMA President Santanu Sen tweeted to urge his colleagues to take part in the protest.

On Monday, the Lok Sabha passed the NMC Bill which seeks to create the National Medical Commission (NMC) in place of the Medical Council of India (MCI). The Bill was passed with 260 members voting in favour and 48 against it.

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