Doctors Oppose NMC Bill, Seek Medical Protection Act in State

Indian Medical Association (IMA) Chas unit has demanded earliest implementation of Medical Protection Act (MPA) in all the State hospitals on the lines of other states in view of incidents of beating up and vandalism in hospital premises by the relatives of deceased. The members headed by Dr Randhir Kumar Singh handed over a memorandum to Governor Droupadi Murmu opposing National Medical Council (NMC) bill and in support of the immediate implementation of MPA. The demand of the implementation of MPA Act is pending in Jharkhand from very long time. As stated by the doctors, the act has already been implemented in several other states and serves a larger purpose for the protection of patients as well as doctors. The Medical Protection Act aims to protect hospitals and its belongings (including staff) from being attacked by outsiders.

As per the act, the culprit is required to pay a sum of Rs. 50,000 along with a three-year jail term for the term for damaging hospital property and harassing or assaulting doctors, said Dr Randhir. “Such incidents of beating up and vandalism in hospital premises had come down in Andhra Pradesh where the Act has been implemented,” he added. Opposing the NMC Bill Dr Sujit said, this bill is detrimental to healthcare and medical education in the country. This bill is against the poor students, make medical education unaffordable to students from a poorer background. “It would enable private medical institutions to completely dominate the medical education,” he added. In a meeting several doctors claimed that some of its (NMC bill) provisions are ridiculous; one such provision is of six-month ‘bridge course’ that would enable practitioners of alternative medicines. – Daily Pioneer

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