June 21, 2010

IMA to hold rally against Central medical Bill

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) is not only opposed to the dissolution of the Medical Council of India (MCI) but also to the Clinical Establishment Bill and the three-year rural medicine course being considered by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

According to IMA president Dr G Samaram, these issues were discussed at the Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting of the association held early this month in Mehsana district. Nearly 200 members from across the country had attended the meeting.

“The IMA has sought permission for a rally and dharna at Jantar Mantar in Delhi next month. It is against the Clinical Establishment Bill passed by the Union Cabinet because the clauses of the bill show inclusion of more bureaucracy,” said Dr Samaram.

He further said the IMA recommends that the rural medicine courses should be of four years, instead of three and half years.

“The rural masses should also get quality professionals for their treatment,” he said, adding: “Why should a rural medicine course cannot be similar to the urban course? Instead of running two separate courses for urban and rural masses, the number of seats in MBBS courses should be increased.”

IMA Gujarat chapter president Dr Jitendra Patel said the CWC meeting has unanimously resolved to oppose the dissolution of the MCI by an ordinance dated May 15. “Representatives from IMA, Gujarat will also participate in the Delhi rally,” he said.

According to an IMA press release, “a perusal of the provisions of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956, would categorically bring out that the Government of India has substantial and reasonable control on the affairs of MCI. In terms of section III of the Act, the government is required to constitute MCI”.

The White Paper developed by the IMA CWC committee has condemned the dissolution of MCI as arbitrary exercise of power.

It demands reconstitution of the MCI as per provisions, restoration of the council’s independence, and retaining of the MCI in its present character and form.
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