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Patna HC asks the health workers to call off ‘illegal strike’ and resume duty, otherwise will be held guilty of contempt

Lawstreet Journal 26 Aug 2020 11:02pm

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Healthcare services have remained paralyzed at many government hospitals in Bihar as the doctors and other health care workers have decided to boycott their work to protest against the National Medical Commission Bill. They are vehemently opposing Section 32 of the bill, which they believe will boost the quacks and enable them to practice modern science. Doctors are also against Section 15(i) of the bill which proposes a common final year exam called National Exit Test (NEXT). The NMC Bill, which seeks to establish a new regulatory structure for medical services in India, was passed by the Lok Sabha on Monday and is awaiting clearance from the Rajya Sabha. "The passage of the NMC Bill, 2019 would be a black chapter in India's medical history. It will hurt the interests of the patients," said Bihar IMA chief ShaligramVishvakarma. IMA Secretary Dr. Brajnandan Kumar said: "This is an indicative strike. But we will continue our protest if our demand is not met with."

The strike had totally crippled the health services at a time amidst the COVID-19 pandemic where the hospitals and the health care centers are needed to be the most active sector. Attendants of many patients turned violent and clashed with hospital staff in DMHC, Bihar. At AIIMS Patna, junior doctors and the senior residents had also gone on a strike. Slogans were raised to roll back the NMC bill. The strike had also affected the OPD and the surgery units of the hospital badly.

The Patna high court Monday directed health workers, paramedics, and doctors… Continue Reading...


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