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All over India strike by private doctors put patients life at risk



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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.



Trump names US hostage negotiator Robert O’Brien as national security adviser




WASHINGTON—President Trump named Robert C. O’Brien as his new national security adviser, picking a top hostage-affairs official for the high-profile White House role at a time when the U.S. is weighing how to respond to attacks on Saudi Arabia.

Mr. Trump tweeted the announcement Wednesday morning, writing: “I have worked long & hard with Robert. He will do a great job!”

In his State Department position, which he held from May 2018, O’Brien worked closely with families of American hostages and advised the Trump administration on hostage issues. He previously helped lead the agency’s initiative for justice reform in Afghanistan during the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

O’Brien’s appointment comes as Trump is confronted with multiple challenges in the Middle and Near East, including how to respond to weekend attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, a U.S. ally, and how to negotiate peace agreements in Afghanistan’s civil war and between Israelis and Palestinians.

The Trump administration also faces what it sees as increasing regional aggression from Iran, the target of new sanctions Trump announced just moments before tweeting about O’Brien’s appointment.

O’Brien was a major in the U.S. Army Reserve. After graduating from the University of California-Berkeley School of Law, he founded a law firm in California that focused on international arbitration issues.

As national security adviser, O’Brien will be the highest-ranking Mormon in the U.S. government, a notable development for a church that has shown some wariness of Trump. The religious community is also expected to be a significant voting demographic in certain states in the 2020 presidential election.

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