Over 2,000 members of the Ahmedabad Medical Association (AMA) will hold a dharna on Ashram Road here on Wednesday at 11 am to oppose the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, due for passage in Parliament soon. In a show of solidarity with the nationwide “Stop NMC Satyagraha” organised by the Indian Medical Association (IMA), AMA is staging the dharna.
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Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Dr Jitendra Patel, former president of IMA, said that the IMA was opposed to the NMC Bill because it would dissolve the Medical Council of India (MCI), a democratically elected body, with the NMC. “With this, the government will be playing with health of the people because the proposed NMC will have powers to allow private medical colleges to fix their own fee structure”.
Dr Yogendra Modi, president of IMA Gujarat Branch, said the government’s attention was drawn to the issue way back in November 2015 but it did not pay any attention to the representations since then. He said that there were other demands by the IMA which include cap on claims against doctors in case of medical negligence, Gujarat Pollution Control Board’s revised rules like setting of recycling plants by doctors, recognition of AYUSH practitioners on a par with allopathy doctors by the government.