Emergency services at Delhi Gov hospitals resume; resident doctors continue agitation

New Delhi: Emergency services at major hospitals in Delhi, including the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and Safdarjung hospital, were restored even if their resident doctors continued the protest over the controversial National Medical Commission Bill for the third consecutive day.


The Union Government on Thursday
passed the National Medical Commission Bill in the parliament allegedly without consulting the medical fraternity who have raised serious concerns over the provisions of the legislation.


Doctors said their protest against the National Medical Commission Bill would continue and non-essential services, including the outpatient departments, would remain closed. However, the emergency services have been become operational.


The decision were taken at a meeting of resident doctors’ associations, which included those from AIIMS, RML and Safdarjung among others.


Earlier, many patients who had come to the hospitals for the treatment faced issues due to the prevailing strike.


Some waited for the past 3-4 days and few were scared that their condition will deteriorate and they would have to return back home without receiving treatment.


The bill also has provisions for making national standards in medical education uniform by proposing that the final year MBBS exams to be treated as an entrance test for the post-graduation and a screning test for students in medicione from foreign countries.


This exams, called the National Exit Test (NEXT), would ensure that the proposed NMC moves away from a system of repeated inspection of infrastructure and to fous on outcomes rather than processes.


Meanwhile, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) also extended its support to the striking doctors on Friday and said its core concerns over the National Medical Commission Bill remained unaddressed.


The IMA said it would never accept the provisions of the bill which provides for unqualified non-medical persons being registered and allowed to practice.

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