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  Metros   Delhi  29 Jul 2018  Pvt hospitals ignore IMA’s strike call

Pvt hospitals ignore IMA’s strike call

PTI
Published : Jul 29, 2018, 3:28 am IST
Updated : Jul 29, 2018, 5:09 am IST

DMA too refuses to join 12-hr protest against NMC bill.

These measures may be continued if the strike is extended,” a communique sent on Friday read. (Representational Image)
 These measures may be continued if the strike is extended,” a communique sent on Friday read. (Representational Image)

New Delhi: Private hospitals here paid no heed to the 12-hour national strike called by the IMA against the introduction of the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill with the Delhi Medical Association also refusing to take part in the protest.

All healthcare services, including OPDs, functioned smoothly at the private hospitals on Saturday. “We did not support the IMA’s call for strike as the government, after our last strike, had incorporated several changes in the bill that we had asked for. Even now the government is open to discussion and interaction with us and we will review the bill again,” Delhi Medical Association (DMA) executive member Dr Harish Gupta said.

He added that an emergency general body meeting was called to decide the future course of action. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) had called for suspension of all non-emergency services, including OPDs, for 12 hours to observe the “Dhikkar Diwas — no to NMC Bill” on Saturday as a protest against the bill, which seeks to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI) with a new body.

In a statement issued today, the IMA said doctors across the country responded to its call and the withdrawal of non-emergency services affected patients in almost all major states, especially in tier 2,3,4 cities and towns.

However, a health ministry source said no strikes were reported from majority of the states. Meanwhile, in view of this, the health ministry had asked the additional chief secretaries and health secretaries of all states and Union Territories yesterday to put in place all necessary measures to ensure that healthcare and emergency services run smoothly during the strike.

“Provisions of the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) may be invoked, if necessary. These measures may be continued if the strike is extended,” a communique sent on Friday read.

Tags: national medical commission, delhi medical association