Ex IMA chief says Medical Commission Bill 'gateway for corruption'

ANI | Updated: Jan 02, 2018 11:27 IST

New Delhi [India], January 1 (ANI): Former president of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) KK Agarwal on Tuesday said that the National Medical Commission Bill, which will be tabled in the Rajya Sabha today, would open gateway for future corruption.

The National Medical Commission Bill 2017, which seeks to replace MCI with a new body, to ensure transparency, will be introduced in the Rajya Sabha today.

Meanwhile, the Indian Medical Association has called for a one-day strike against the bill today.

Speaking to ANI, Agarwal said, "The National Medical Commission Bill will be discussed in the parliament today and Indian Medical Association is going to oppose it. Our national president has given a call for a bandh today; that means there will be no OPD services till 6 PM today."

Stating that the bill was not national, he said, "If the government still goes ahead and passes the bill, we will decide the further course of action. This bill gives gateway for future corruption."

"It is not representative because all the stakeholders are not there. It is not a commission because there is no provision for grants and it has loopholes which can increase corruption," he added.

The bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha recently.

The bill also seeks to allow practitioners of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy, to practice modern medicine once they complete a short term "bridge" course.

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".

The Bill is also aimed at bringing reforms in the medical education sector which has been under scrutiny for corruption and unethical practices. (ANI)