Doctors’ strike in Kerala imperils patients
Thiruvananthapuram: The medical bandh announced by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) in protest against the National Medical Commission Bill, affected the functioning of many government and private hospitals in the state.
Patients were seen waiting outside the Out Patient (OP) blocks. The IMA had called for suspension of services from 6 am to 6 pm.
Though the doctors in the government hospital in Kerala boycotted OP just for an hour, people who were unaware of the bandh were left in lurch.
In an embarrassing incident at Thiruvananthapuram General Hospital, striking doctors forbid another doctor from carrying out medical treatment.
The doctors took out a march to Raj Bhavan on 11 am today. Meanwhile, allopathy medical students continued their indefinite hunger strike in front Raj Bhavan against the Bill.
In private hospitals, the OP services will remain suspended till evening. Only the emergency medicine section will function.
The IMA had communicated its concerns regarding certain provisions of the Bill to Health Minister J P Nadda. The IMA representatives have urged the Minister to send the Bill to the Parliamentary Standing Committee.
The National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill was tabled in Parliament on Friday that will replace the Medical Council of India.
IMA said that the provision permitting practitioners of Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy to practise modern medicine through a bridge course would adversely affect the public health system.
The plan to remove restrictions on fee at private medical colleges would make medical education costly, the IMA added.