Nadda on doctors’ strike: New bill will benefit medical profession

RSTV Bureau
Union Health Minister JP Nadda in Rajya Sabha on January 02, 2018.

Union Health Minister JP Nadda in Rajya Sabha on January 02, 2018.

On a day when the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has called for a nation-wide suspension of private healthcare services for 12 hours in protest against the National Medical Commission Bill, 2017, Health Minister JP Nadda said in Parliament that talks were on to resolve the matter.

While speaking in the Rajya Sabha during the Zero Hour, the government maintained that the National Medical Commission Bill that seeks to replace Medical Council of India with a new body would be beneficial to the medical profession.

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

“Talks are on. We have heard them and also presented our views,” Nadda said while speaking about the nation-wide strike.

Besides seeking to replace the Medical Council of India with a new body, the bill also proposes to allow alternative medicine graduates of Ayurveda, Homeopathy and Yoga to practice allopathy after completing a “bridge course”.

But the IMA believes that the Bill will “cripple” the functioning of medical professionals by making them completely answerable to the bureaucracy and non-medical administrators.

On Tuesday, the issue was first raised in the Rajya Sabha during the Zero Hour by Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agrawal.

Leader of the Opposition and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad also asked the government to take initiatives to end the strike.

The National Medical Commission Bill, 2017, which was slated for discussion and voting in the Lok Sabha earlier today, has been referred to Parliamentary Standing Committee by Lok Sabha. The report of the Committee will be submitted before Budget Session.

(With inputs from agencies)