Over two lakh private medical practitioners across the country will boycott work on June 25 to protest against the amendments to the Clinical Establishment Act,2010,and National Commission for Human Resources for Health (NCHRH) Bill,2011,proposed by the Union Health Ministry. As per the NCHRH Bill,the powers of the Medical Council of India (MCI) and state branches of bodies such as the Indian Medical Association (IMA) will be diluted. The Bill also suggests setting up of a superior body to govern the state medical councils.
Health is a state subject. However,if the Bill is passed in Parliament,then the state councils will lose their authority, said Dr D Rai,general secretary,Central IMA.
We have written to the Prime Minister,expressing concerns that the move to dilute powers of the state bodies would make healthcare less accessible and more expensive for the common man, said Dr S Utture,general secretary,IMA (Maharashtra).
Around 2.2 lakh private clinics across India will remain closed on June 25. In Maharashtra,around 1,700 clinics will join the protest.