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Saturday, 12 December 2020

OPDs of private clinics remain shut over IMA doctors’ strike

Tribune News Service

Faridabad, December 11

All odd 900 members of the district unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) observed a one-day strike by closing down the OPDs today, in protest against the decision of allowing the non-allopathic doctors(BAMS) to conduct surgeries.

The call for strike was given by the IMA across the nation today against the recent notification of the Central Council of Indian Medicine(CCIM), a spokesperson of the district unit of the IMA said. He said all private clinics and hospitals closed down their OPDs between 6 am and 6 pm as mark of protest. However, the strike did not affect the emergency services and the treatment of the Covid patients, it is claimed. He said the amendment announced by the CCIM had included 58 modern medicine surgical procedures to be studied and performed by the postgraduate students and practitioners of the ayurveda system of medicine in the country. “Describing the new system as mixopathy, the memorandum submitted by the IMA to the PM through the district authorities here, said it was a cheap alternative in healthcare, that could result in an unacceptable level of suffering and cost as many lives could be lost before any remedial measures were taken.

The association has sought immediate repeal of the amendment in the larger interest and welfare of modern medicine and the patients. A similar protest was also staged by the private doctors (allopathy) in Palwal district also. The members of the Haryana Civil Medical Services Association also held gate meeting in support of the protest by the IMA over the issue. “The allopathic doctors’ fraternity will not accept mixopathy system of medicine suggested by the Niti Ayog Committee of the Union Government and support the demand of repealing the amendment,” said Dr Rajesh Sheokand, general secretary of the HCMS Association.

from The Tribune

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