Doctors protest continue against certain provisions of NMC Bill
Moga, August 8, 2019: Today, the PCMS Association Moga Unit doctors continued their protest against certain draconian provisions of the newly passed National Medial Commission - NMC Bill by PCMSA throughout Punjab. Units of various districts took part in the protest by wearing black badges on duty, but no OPD or emergency services were disrupted.
PCMSA takes a strong stand in protest against certain clauses of the NMC especially
Dr.Gagandeep Gill spokesperson of PCMSA Moga Unit said, the use of bridge course is a stop gap measure to improve rural health care by merely increasing the number of health workers in the rural areas without any increase in the quality of services. The association takes grave notice of the misinformed policy of the government by not addressing the core issues of lack of budget, recourses and modernization of health care services in the rural areas.
The association also protests the deregulation of both the fee structure and the quality checks in medical education and sees the "exit test" as a way enabling private colleges of providing sub standard education while entrapping students to face an all or none situation after 4 1/2 years of studies.
While the association fully understands the need of replacement of the archaic MCI it stongly protests the lack of autonomy of the incumbent NMC. The association fears about the politicisation of an important body like the NMC in the future in the absence of such autonomy.
PCMSA has decided to fully participate in the constitutional struggle against these clauses NMC act. The association has also decided to co-operate with various like minded associations and organisations in this struggle.