Patients at private hospitals hit hard as doctors' go on 12-hour strike

Outpatient department (OPD) services at private hospitals across India were affected after the Indian Medical Association called for a 12-hour shutdown. The IMA was protesting against the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2017 that seeks to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI).

New National Medical Commission Bill is 'anti-people, anti-patient', alleges IMA

The Ministry of Health had earlier issued an advisory asking steps to be taken so patients are not affected.

While services at government hospitals were not affected, doctors observed a 'Black Day' and wore black arm bands. Many of them alleged that the politicians are trying to push the new bill through.

More than 3,000 doctors staged a protest in front of the Governor's house. While OPD services were suspended at state-run medical colleges in the morning, protests went on at private hospitals until 6 AM. Emergency services were not affected.

The bill allows private medical colleges to decide the fee for 60% of their seats, previously it was 15%. This will increase the cost of medical education.

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