As part of the stir, doctors belonging to the Indian Medical Association in all hospitals would go on a dawn-to-dusk 12-hour strike, IMA State Prsident E K Ummer said in a statement here.
Healthcare services at many private hospitals in the country are expected to be hit due to the shutdown.
Doctors pursuing Indian systems of medicine, including Ayurveda, and homoeopathy may be allowed to practice allopathy after clearing a bridge course, according to a Bill introduced in the Lok Sabha.
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The Bill is likely to come up for discussion in Parliament tomorrow. Over 40,000 doctors were participating in the strike in Maharashtra, while reports of the strike and protests were coming in from across the country. Talking to Chronicle Pharmabiz after the meeting, IMA Secretary General Dr RN Tandon said the Bill would cripple the functioning of medical professionals by making them completely answerable to the bureaucracy and non-medical administrators.
In Kerala, while the doctors at the state-run medical colleges made a decision to keep away from the Out Patient Department for an hour from 8:00 am-9:00 am and at the state-run hospitals from 9:00-10:00 am, in many private hospitals the protests would continue till 6:00 pm. However, the doctors were wearing black bands as a mark of protest. A 25-member commission will replace the elected MCI, the Bill says.
The 2.77 lakh-strong Indian Medical Association is protesting the bill saying that it is anti-poor and anti-people.
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Meanwhile, the All India Medical Students' Association too has joined the strike call of IMA and has called for a student strike on Tuesday.
There is also a strong resentment against the examination that will be conducted by the NMC for medical students after completion of the course to be eligible as practising doctors.
Tandon also said: "The NMC proposes two registers - one for the urban and the other for the ones who have undertaken the bridge course".
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"The Bill paves the way for corruption as it removes all regulations for setting up a medical college".