The Madurai Branch of the Indian Medical Association staged a demonstration on Saturday, as part of a nation-wide protest, against the proposed National Medical Commission (NMC) bill that intends to replace the Medical Council of India with NMC. Stating that the bill went against the welfare of both the patients, doctors and also the autonomy of the States, the doctors asked that the bill be repealed. As part of the protest, section of doctors, including those from Tamil Nadu Government Doctors Association here, boycotted work at the outpatient wards in some hospitals.

Thoothukudi

About 150 doctors and 100 medical students on Saturday participated in the nationwide strike.

They struck work from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and staged a demonstration, led by R. Arul Prakash, district president, IMA, on the Government Medical College Hospital premises. Non-emergency care in private hospitals and other service was affected. Doctors in GH also participated in the demonstration.

Around 5,000 doctors participated in the strike in Tirunelveli district. They staged a demonstration on the medical college hospital premises here. In Kanniyakumari district, 2,000 doctors participated in the strike.

Tiruchi

Doctors in private clinics and hospitals in the city abstained from work. About 1,500 doctors and 250 hospitals participated in the protest, according to R. Gunasekaran, former State president, IMA.

IMA representatives, who addressed a press conference, termed the Bill anti-people and pro-rich. M.S.Ashraf, past national vice-president, IMA, and Zameer Basha, former State President, IMA, spoke. R.R.Surendran, president, IMA, Tiruchi, was present.

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