New Delhi: Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda on Tuesday said he has spoken to the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and also put forth the “perspective” of the government, in view of the 12-hour countrywide strike called by private doctors the IMA against the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill.
“I have spoken to the IMA yesterday (Monday). We have heard them…,” Nadda said in Rajya Sabha during the Question Hour on the strike by private hospitals across the country.
The IMA has called a nationwide 12-hour strike by doctors of private hospitals against the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill 2017, which seeks to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI) with a new body. The Bill was tabled in the Lok Sabha last week.
On Monday, a delegation of the IMA led by President K.K. Aggarwal and its national President Ravi Wankhede met Nadda, seeking strict amendments in the Bill.
12-hour countrywide strike by doctors effect medical services completely:
The IMA has called the Bill “anti-people and anti-patient”.
The new Bill will also allow practitioners of alternative medicines, such as homeopathy and ayurveda to practice allopathy after completing a bridge course.
The IMA has 2.77 lakh members, which includes corporate hospitals, poly-clinics and nursing homes, across the country.
The protests come as the Bill is set to be taken up for discussion in Parliament on Tuesday.
Groom shot dead at wedding venue in UP district
Azamgarh (Uttar Pradesh): A groom was shot dead by unidentified assailants just before he reached the ‘mandap’ for the wedding ceremony.
The incident took place on Tuesday night in Masirpur bazaar locality in Devgaon police circle.
According to reports, the ‘baraat’ had come from Singhpur and just as the groom was walking towards the ‘mandap, two bike-borne assailants came and sprayed him with bullets.
The groom was taken to a nearby medical facility where he was declared brought dead.
Angry family members created a ruckus at the hospital after which the police came and sent the body for post mortem.
A number of family members, both from the groom and the bride side, have been detained for interrogation to ascertain the motive behind the crime.
The police said that the killers were probably following the groom from a distance and attacked him when the ceremony was about to begin.
There were no CCTV cameras in the area.