Private hospitals across the State closed their outpatient services from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. to show their opposition to the proposed National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill on Saturday.

“We will continue to strike if the Centre does not withdraw the NMC Bill. About 4,500 private hospitals in Tamil Nadu took part in the token strike,” said J.A. Jayalal, State president of the Indian Medical Association, Tamil Nadu State Branch. He said the emergency services and in-patient services functioned in the hospitals. “The NMC Bill intends to abolish the Medical Council of India, which is a democratic body. In NMC, there will be only members nominated by the Centre. We want a democratic and federal structure with State representatives,” he said.

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