Mangaluru, July 31, 2019: The National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, which seeks to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI), was passed on July 29, Monday; nation-wide protest has been called by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) against the passage of a bill by the Lok Sabha. Outpatient and non-emergency services will be suspended in hospitals across Karnataka today July 31, Wednesday in support.
IMA state unit president Dr Annadani M Meti said all non-emergency services will be closed 6 am on Wednesday to 6 am on Thursday. "All hospitals under the IMA will participate in the strike. Only emergency cases will be attended to," he said.
He said the call for protest came after repeated memorandums sent to the Union government against the bill failed to bring any change.
Dr Meti said the NMC bill proposes more bureaucratic representation and very minimal say for those from the medical fraternity.
In view of the strike, the state health department has asked district health officers to ensure that government doctors are not granted leave.