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Nearly 3 lakh members of Indian Medical Association (IMA) has called for 12-hour nationwide protest (6 am to 6 pm) against the Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2017, that aims to replace Medical Council of India (MCI).

"To register our protest, routine medical services like OPD and elective surgeries across the country have been withdrawn between 6 am and 6 pm at our member hospitals and health institutions", national president Ravi Wankhede had told news agency IANS. Emergency and critical care services will, however, function.

Several doctors across Tamil Nadu on Tuesday boycotted outpatient duty and shut clinics to protest against the National Medical Commission Bill which has been introduced in the Parliament. The Ministry has also sought a compliance report from the hospitals. The striking doctors believe that the decision to replace the Medical Council of India with a new body will "cripple" the industry.

Clause 49 of the Bill calls for a joint sitting of the National Medical Commission, the Central Council of Homoeopathy and the Central Council of Indian Medicine at least once a year "to enhance the interface between homoeopathy, Indian Systems of Medicine and modern systems of medicine".

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Tandon also said: "The current MCI is a democratically elected body where we have almost 80 percent elected members and 20 percent nominated by the government".

With doctors staying off duty, the protest against the new bill has left many patients in the lurch.

"The NMC Bill will affect the medical profession as nearly 80 percent members in the medical body will be nominated by the government, and only 10-20 percent will be the elected members. 85 per cent Government fixed fees in private Medical Colleges", said the statement.

"The bill in the present form is not acceptable". A 25-member commission will replace the elected MCI, the Bill says.

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