Private doctors strike: Esma to be enforced if necessary

NEW DELHI: The Center on Saturday issued notice to the state governments for implementation Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) if required. The notice was on the backdrop of  boycotting the outpatient services across the country from Private doctors against the Indian Medical Councils Ammendments

Manoj Zalani, Additional Secretary and Managing Director of the Center for Health and Family Welfare, said in response to a strike by private doctors, most medical experts and doctors were likely to be involved in the strike, but patients are advised to take necessary measures.

Emergency services will continue as usual despite the protests. The steps have already been taken place in the backdrop of the strike. If necessary, the ESMA will be enforced.

The amendment was passed by the Central Government in 2016 to bring some amendments to the Indian Medical Council Act. The amendment will be amended and the medical education bill shall provide opportunities for poor students in private medical colleges.

The bill will withdraw power from state in the case of medical education. The Indian Medical Association has sought to reconsider it. But without any refinement the Central Government has prepared a bill in parliament. Hence, IMA has called for a one day bundh on out-patient services throughout the country.

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