The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has termed the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill 2017 as “ill-conceived, anti-people and anti-medical professionals”.

“The IMA declares the Bill to be crassly pro-rich even after the proposed amendments. The impact it will have on medical education becoming inaccessible to the poor and downtrodden, and produce doctors predominantly from the rich and urban sections of the population is unacceptable…,” the association noted in its release.

It noted that following the advent of the Bill, private medical colleges in Uttarakhand and Maharashtra had raised their fee to Rs. 25 lakh to Rs. 30 lakh per year for MBBS.

The release said reservation of 50% of seats for the rich who can pay is denial of equitable opportunities and that attitude and aptitude of future doctors are bound to be commensurate with this infamous intervention.

The association added that cosmetic changes to the Bill have not restored the autonomy of the medical profession, rightfully conferred by the IMC Act, 1956, which had given the nation doctors of international calibre and had formed the foundation of patient care and patient safety in the country.

Trampling upon the autonomy of medical professions will have unforeseen consequences on the health of the nation, which cannot be undone for many generations to come, it said.

“The NMC as such remains an anti-poor, anti-people and anti-federal law which, if allowed to be passed, will have unforeseen consequences on not just the health sector but also on the federal structure of the country. The Indian Medical Association, which was baptised during the freedom struggle, rejects the NMC Bill, 2017, in toto fulfilling its commitment to the health of the people and resolves to fight this anti-people legislation by directly taking the issue to the people,” the association said.

The NMC as such remains an anti-poor, anti-people and anti-federal law which, if allowed to be passed, will have unforeseen consequences on not just the health sector but also on the federal structure of the country…

Indian Medical Association

Source: Read Full Article