Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan met the associations of AIIMS and Safdarjung resident doctors and assured them that the newly passed NMC Bill will be big change in the health sector.
The Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed the National Medical Commission Bill for replacing the Medical Council of India with a new body. Ever since the bill was passed, doctors across the nation have been protesting against the same.
Members of resident doctors’ association of RML Hospital and those attached with the Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA) and United Resident Doctors’ Association (URDA) also participated in the strike.
These associations alleged that there are such provisions in the bill that are anti-poor, anti-student and anti-democratic.
To express their agitation, they withdrew all the services even from emergency departments of hospitals. Due to this, patients had to suffer and facing problems.
The AIIMS RDA said, “We once again appeal to the lawmakers across the party lines to discuss and see to it that our concerns are addressed when the bill is reintroduced in Lok Sabha for ratification of official amendments made by Rajya Sabha, without which we will be forced to withdraw residents from emergency services once again”.
Harsh Vardhan requested the striking doctors to resume work, assuring that the bill was in the interest of the doctors and patients. He tweeted that he had met a delegation and removed their misconception about few provisions of the bill.
Following the health ministry’s directive, hospital administrations of two Centre-run AIIMS and Safdarjung Hopstal had issued memorandums to their resident doctors on Saturday to resume work at their respective departments and warned them of punitive action like termination of their service if they do not join duty immediately.