Mangaluru, Nov 01, 2017: Opposing the proposed amendment to the Karnataka Private Medical Establishment Act by the state government, all private hospitals have decided to suspend medical services for 24 hours beginning from November 3. Accordingly, medical services even in the district will be suspended by the private hospitals that day, informed Dr Raghavendra Bhat, President of Dakshina Kannada branch of Indian Medical Association
Speaking to reporters here on November 1, Wednesday he said the medical services would be suspended from 6 am on November 3 to 6 am on November 4. He said even medical stores have assured to down shutters that day.
The amendment to the KPME Act would hit hard the medical fraternity, he said. Even when there is the Consumer Court and Medical Council to provide justice to aggrieved customers, the government has decided to set up grievance redressal committees at district level too If such committees come into existence, then the doctors will have to run around to fight for themselves instead of providing treatment to the patients, he said and demanded that the government must withdraw its decision to amend the Act.
He said the IMA office bearers would submit a memorandum to the Chief Minister on November 2. If the SC responds negatively then the Association would go ahead with its strike, he said.
IMA office bearers Dr Diwaker Rao, Dr Yogish Bangera, Dr Devadas Bangera, Dr Devadas Rai and Dr GK Bhat were present.