DAK opposes NMC bill, registers protest

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SINAGAR: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) protested against the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill. In this regard, a candlelight protest was carried out by doctors at press enclave, Srinagar, Kashmir on Sunday evening.
In a statement, DAK president Dr. Suhail Naik, said, “The bill, which seeks to replace and subsume the Medical Council of India (MCI) with a new body, was tabled in the Rajya Sabha in January by Union Health Minister JP Nadda.”
“According to the bill, practitioners of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy, can practice modern medicine once they complete a short-term ‘bridge’ course. It is dead impossible that a short bridge course can make them competent to practice modern medicine, as it takes seven years of stringent training to become an allopathic doctor,” Dr. Naik said.
“It is very unfortunate that in order to address human resources crunch in allopathy, the Government of India is trying to befool the people of whole nation,” he added. “Furthermore, national licentiate exam (NLE) after completing medical graduation is serious enough to distort the future of medical education in this country.”
Dr. Suhail said DAK will protest and resist the NMC Bill tooth and nail and will not allow government to “jeopardise” the health sector. “DAK will support all the protests of Indian Medical Association (IMA), Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA) in this regard,” Dr. Naik said.