Sikkim IMA branch protests National Medical Commission Bill

Gangtok, 28 Jul:

The Sikkim State Branch of Indian Medical Association (IMA) conducted a protest gathering today in the two biggest hospitals of Sikkim, STNM and CRH against the proposition of the National Medical Commission Bill (NMC) in the LokSabha, a press release informs.

The day has been dubbed as "DhikkarDiwas" by IMA and elsewhere in the country there is a 12-hour protest strike against the same. However, keeping in mind the inconveniences likely to be faced by the public and patients the IMA Sikkim Branch did not resort to a strike but rather a peaceful resentment display of placards and distribution ofblack badges to the doctors on duty. They also signed a memorandum showing their resentment and opposition to the NMC Bill which is slated to be proposed in the Parliament

The National Medical Commission Bill along with the amendments thereto proposed by the Government of India and moved before the LokSabha has a draconian character which will cause irreparable damage to the interests of all the stakeholders and would reduce the regulatory mechanism to a puppet.

The IMA feels that if efforts are not undertaken with sincerity and want to compel the Government of India to desist from clearing the said disastrous bill for posterity will always blame us for not initiating timely intervention, the release mentions.

“It is for the protection of legitimate interests of all stake holders that we call upon your good self to save the country from this cruel initiative that will cripple the entire healthcare delivery system and ruin the modern medicine graduates and postgraduates and dilute the entire medical profession as a whole,” the release states.