The Lok Sabha approved and passed the draconian NMC Bill yesterday. The democratic Lower House dumped healthcare & medical education of this country into darkness by approving undemocratic National Medical Commission Bill 2019.
IMA HQ calls for 24 hours withdrawal of services on Wednesday 31 08 2019.
Section 32 of the NMC Bill provides for licensing of 3. 5 lakhs unqualified non medical persons to practice modern medicine. The term Community Health Provider has been vaguely defined to allow anyone connected with modern medicine to get registered in NMC and be licensed to practice modern medicine. This would mean that all paramedics including pharmacists, nurses, physiotherapists, optometrists and others are becoming eligible to practice modern medicine and prescribe independently. This law legalizes quackery.
This provision and the earlier objected provisions can never be accepted by the medical fraternity of the country.
The mess created by the Bill regarding the examinations affecting the career generations of medical students cannot be condoned. The numerous other inconsistencies in the Bill will seriously affect the Health of the nation.
IMA rejects NMC Bill 2019 in toto.
The emergency Action Committee reviewed the situation yesterday night. It has been decided to call for 24 hours withdrawal of non essential services across the nation by modern medicine doctors from 6 am on Wednesday, 31.07.2019 till 6 am the next day i.e., Thursday, 01.08.2019.
Emergency, Casualty, ICU and related services will function normally.
Public demonstrations and hunger strikes will be organized by all the state and local branches.
All the members of the modern medical fraternity are requested to participate. All the medical students are requested to boycott classes and proclaim solidarity.
The war against NMC will continue.
The struggle to redeem the Health of the nation is our privilege and sacred duty. We will never allow licensing unqualified non medical persons to kill our patients. We will never allow our mothers and children die in thousands for ever due to this Black Law.
IMA baptized in the freedom struggle of the nation rises to protect our patients and the Health of the nation.
Jai Hind. -- Jai IMA.
Dr. Santanu Sen
Dr. Rajan sharma
National President elect
Dr. R. V. Asokan
Hony Secretary General
Dr. A. Marthanda Pillai
Chairman, Action Committee