02 January, 2018
The Ministry of Health had issued an advisory asking all necessary measures to be taken to ensure patient healthcare and emergency services to run smoothly.
Supporting the fraternity, private hospitals also kept their outpatient departments closed.
The strike shall be in effect from 6:00 am onwards on the proposed date until 6:00 pm, and as per the protest, this day will be observed as a black day. The strike is called by the Indian Medical Association (IMA).
Dr Vivek Chouksey, President Federation of Resident Doctors Association, said, "It is a bill that the politicians are trying to push through and we are against it but we also don't want patients to suffer".
The IMA has strongly opposed the NMC bill, saying it will "cripple" the functioning of medical professionals by making them completely answerable to the bureaucracy and non-medical administrators.More news: Salman Khan pips Shah Rukh Khan to top Forbes Celebrity 100 list
Wankhedkar said: "Private medical colleges at present have a quota of 15 percent called the NRI quota, where the government has not fixed a fee". Over 40,000 doctors were participating in the strike in Maharashtra, while reports of the strike and protests were coming in from across the country.
The protest comes the day the bill, which aims to restructure the medical regulatory body, is expected to come up for discussion in Lok Sabha.
The implementation of the new bill of the government under National Commission proposal will strengthen the medical colleges.
The bill also allows private colleges to decide fee for 60 per cent of the seats; it is 15 per cent now.
OPDs in private hospitals will not work between 6 a.m.to 6 p.m. tomorrow to protest against the "undemocratic, anti-poor, non-representative and anti-federal" bill, the IMA said, adding that emergency and critical care services are exempted from the protest. For instance, colleges will be allowed to start post-graduate courses and increase intake of students all on their own - without seeking permission from the NMC.