Doctors' body to protest govt's move to dissolve MCI
New Delhi: The Indian Medical Association, representing over 2.5 lakh doctors across the country, will hold a nationwide protest on Wednesday against the government's proposal to dissolve the Medical Council of India (MCI) and replace it with National Medical Commission (NMC).
Terming MCI's dissolution "undemocratic", IMA said the proposal will cripple the functioning of the medical profession by making it completely answerable to the bureaucracy and non-medical administrators. The association plans to organise over 500 dharnas across the country. The protest in Delhi will be held at Jantar Mantar.
Raising concern against the proposed National Medical Commission Bill that seeks the dissolution of the Medical Council of India, IMA said in a statement, "The government must consider introducing amendments to the existing MCI Act to make it transparent, accountable, robust and self-sufficient."
Apart from its objections to the NMC bill, the medical association has also raised concerns about the rising incidents of violence against doctors as well as enforcement of any penal action on doctors for clerical mistakes.
IMA has also demanded exemption of individual doctor clinics from the purview of the Clinical Establishment Act. It also asked the government to keep medical professionals out of the purview of Consumer Protection Act.