IMA to go on strike on July 31 over National Medical Commission Bill 2019 (NMC bill) passed on Lok Sabha.
Essential and non-essential services will be affected as part of the strike. 10000 doctors will strike work across India on July 31 as part of the nationwide strike.
Recently, Lok Sabha passed the National Medical Commission Bill 2019, which was described by the government as one of the biggest reforms that would end 'inspector raj' in the medical education sector. The NMC Bill, among other provisions, seeks to replace Medical Council of India, the regulating body for medical education in the country, with National Medical Commission. Apart from the Medical Commission, the Bill has been in the limelight for some of its other provisions like doing away with NEET PG exam, and introduction of National Exit Test (NEXT) in the last year of MBBS which would double up as an entrance test for PG medical and dental courses.
A section of people from the medical fraternity including IMA had oppsed the bill calling it "anti-poor and anti-students".