Here's why Doctors in Mumbai will carry out strike on July 31

The Outpatient Departments (OPDs) will remain closed across the country as the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has urged doctors to participate in the protest against the national medical commission bill

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After Lok Sabha cleared the national medical commission bill on July 29, the Doctors across the country have decided to go on a strike on July 31 while opposing the bill. Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Tuesday decided to go on a ‘token strike’ labelling the bill as “anti-people, anti-poor, anti-democratic and draconian in nature”.

The Outpatient Departments (OPDs) will remain closed across the country as the IMA has urged doctors to participate in the protest against the national medical commission bill. 

The bill was passed in Lok Sabha on Monday with 260 votes against 48 after a voice vote. While addressing the lower house, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that national medical commission bill, 2019, aims to curb corruption in the medical sector. The bill also intends to replace Medical Council of India (MCI) with National Medical Commission (NMC).

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Moreover, the bill has introduced National Exit Test (NEXT) to attain admission in post-graduate medical courses and medical license to treat people. This common test will be carried out in the fourth years of MBBS. 

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