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THE 30 State Branches and 1765 Local Branches of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) are organising a two-hour agitation as part of their Stop NMC (National Medical Commission) Satyagraha, in every district in India from 11 am to 1 pm on November 16.
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“Last year, we had postponed our satyagraha after being assured of a favourable response from the government,” said Dr S S Agarwal, National President, IMA.
“The dharna is being organised as a reminder to the government to intervene and sort out the major problems the medical profession faces,” said Dr K K Aggarwal, National President Elect and Honorary Secretary General, IMA.
“Not only has the inter-ministerial committee slept over the issues, the Government of India has gone ahead with the scrapping of the Medical Council of India (MCI) and is replacing it with a totally nominated body called the National Medical Commission. The bill is anti-people in character,” said Dr A Marthanda Pillai, Immediate Past National President, IMA.
“On November 16, thousands of doctors across the country will participate in the dharna, press meet, and will hand over a memorandum addressed to the Prime Minister to the respective district magistrates,” said Dr Ravi Wankhedkar, National President Elect 2018 IMA.
In a joint statement, Dr R N Tandon, incoming Honorary Secretary General and Dr R V Asokan, Chairman, Action Committee said the “NMC has the authority to allow private medical colleges to fix their own rate for 60-99% of the MBBS and postgraduate seats.”.
Dr Jayesh Lele, State President IMA, and Dr Parthiv Sanghavi, Branch secretary IMA, in a joint statement said “Ayurvedics, Homeopaths and others will get registration in modern medicine through Schedule IV of NMC. This will affect patient care and patient safety. We will give six weeks to the Government to meet our demands, and then we will be forced to take further action.”