Bill to replace Medical Council to benefit profession: Govt

Health minister Nadda speaking on the medical commission bill in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. Image: RSTV 

New Delhi, Jan. 2 (PTI): The government on Tuesday maintained that the National Medical Commission Bill, which seeks to replace Medical Council of India,m would be beneficial to the medical profession.

Indian Medical Association has called for suspending routine services for 12 hours on Tuesday in protest against the Bill.

Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda told Parliament that talks were on with the IMA to clear their doubts.

“This is beneficial to the medical profession,” he said in the Rajya Sabha after members raised the issue of strike by the doctors across the country against the Bill.

He said talks with the striking doctors were going on. ”Talks are on. We have heard them and also presented our views.”

Besides seeking to replace the Medical Council of India with a new body, the bill also proposes to allow graduates in alternative medicine to practise allopathy after completing a ”bridge course”.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) says the Bill will ”cripple” the functioning of medical professionals by making them completely answerable to the bureaucracy and non-medical administrators.

Nadda had held talks were held with IMA members on Monday to clear doubts about the Bill.

Taising the issue, Naresh Agarwal of the Samajwadi Party claimed many patients have died due to the strike called to oppose the Bill.

Ghulam Nabi Azad of the Congress, who is also Leader of the Opposition, said the government should take the initiative to end the strike.


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