Doctors hold protest march against NMC Bill

DN Bureau

A group of doctors took out a protest march from AIIMS hospital to Parliament on Tuesday against the National Medical Commission Bill, 2017.

A site of the Protest
A site of the Protest

New Delhi: A group of doctors took out a protest march from AIIMS hospital to Parliament on Wednesday against the National Medical Commission Bill, 2017.

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The bill, which seeks to replace and subsume the Medical Council of India (MCI) with a new body, was tabled in the Rajya Sabha in January by Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda.

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According to the bill, practitioners of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy, can practice modern medicine once they complete a short-term "bridge" course.

The bill is also aimed at bringing reforms in the medical education sector which has been under scrutiny for corruption and unethical practices.

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However, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has termed the bill as "draconian and undemocratic" and called for its withdrawal. (ANI)

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