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  1. FORDA delegates meet Parliamentary Standing Committee over NMC bill

FORDA delegates meet Parliamentary Standing Committee over NMC bill

The NMC bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in December last year and later referred to the parliamentary panel, following protests by doctors across the country.

By: | New Delhi | Published: February 27, 2018 11:37 PM
FORDA, NMC Bill, national medical commission, parliamentary standing committee,, supreme court Representatives of Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA) today submitted their recommendations regarding several provisions of the contentious National Medical Commission Bill, to the Parliamentary Standing Committee which is examining the proposed legislation. (IE)

Representatives of Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA) today submitted their recommendations regarding several provisions of the contentious National Medical Commission Bill, to the Parliamentary Standing Committee which is examining the proposed legislation. The bill seeks to overhaul medical education, replace the Medical Council of India and also proposes allowing practitioners of alternative medicines, such as homoeopathy and ayurveda, practise allopathy after completing a “bridge course”. The NMC bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in December last year and later referred to the parliamentary panel, following protests by doctors across the country. Representatives of FORDA, an association for welfare of resident doctors across India, was invited by the parliamentary panel for their recommendations. FORDA president Dr Vivek Chouksey said, “It (the Bill) promotes bureaucratisation and politicisation of medical education and does not provide independence to the NMC.”

“Most of the members (of the proposed body) are nominated by government and suggested by bureaucrats. The NMC Bill in the present form is not acceptable. It is anti-poor, anti-people, non-representative, undemocratic and anti-federal in character,” he said. In its memorandum, FORDA sought removal of provisions for granting permission to practitioners of alternative medicines practise modern medicine after clearing a bridge course and an exit or licentiate exam that all medical graduates will have to clear to practise. The FORDA delegates put forth objection over privatisation of medical education. They also sought strict implementation of duty hours as per the Supreme Court guidelines, uniform stipend for interns nationwide, strengthening of infrastructure in government hospitals and medical colleges and timely appointment of teaching faculty and filling up vacant post.

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  1. onkar tripathy
    Mar 3, 2018 at 7:52 am
    FORDA IMA need to understand the ground reality.MBBS doctors are reluctant for rural postings.Govt has to ensure healthcare in rural areas.Govt has the alternative to employ dentists,nurses,AUYSH paramedical staff for the purpose.MCI has already given green signal for dentists to become full fledged physicians there is no controversy in that regard.FORDA IMA have to discuss with govt regarding AYUSH others prescribing allopathy.Rural healthcare must be a concern for all.It looks bad that our rural populace are deprived of most of the privileges that city dwellers avail.Every thing can be compromised,but basic health is a basic need.Govt ,health professionals have to find out some solutions.Things can be very well settled if there is sicere will.
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    1. onkar tripathy
      Mar 2, 2018 at 11:41 am
      It is good that "FORDA" has submitted its representation before the standing committee.It is quite obvious that the organisation needs to protect the self interest of its members.But it is unfortunate that it has not come out with an alternative solution for preventive healthcare medical service to our huge population.If every organisation carry on protecting their own self interest who will take care of our huge population? Some NGOs are doing a commendable .Successive govts have also initiated many encouraging steps.But health care has remained far from satisfactory to provide preventive health care treatment for six lakh fifty thousand villages urban areas is a gigantic task dia ranks first in the world in producing doctors but there is shortage of doctors every where.No one is ready to take any responsibility,but basic healthcare is a basic right of every citizen govt is duty bound to provide basic health care to all.Ultimately govt is only answerable to people.
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