IMA Arunachal says no to NMC Bill

ITANAGAR, Jul 27: The Arunachal Pradesh branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has vehemently opposed the Centre’s move to enact the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2017, which seeks to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI) with a new body.
In a release, the IMA state branch stated that the bill has a “draconian character” which would cause irreparable damage to the interests of all the stakeholders and would “reduce the regulatory mechanism to a puppetry with its strings attached to the government.”
It described the bill as “anti-poor, anti-people and anti-medical profession,” and said that, if passed, it would have unforeseen consequences on not only the health sector but also on the federal structure of the country.
The IMA has called for observing ‘Dhikkar Diwas – no to NMC bill’ this Saturday, and has called for suspending all non-emergency services, including OPD, for 12 hours, to protest against the NMC Bill. (With inputs from PTI)