Pvt. hospital OPD services to remain shut on Nov 13 for IMA's 'Belagavi chalo'

Mangaluru: In protest against the proposed amendments to the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments (KPME) Act, members of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) said that they would take out a 'Belagavi Chalo' protest march on November 13, the first day of winter session.

Addressing the media here on Saturday, IMA Mangaluru President Dr K R Kamath said that as majority of the doctors will take part in the protest and the outpatient services at all private hospitals, clinics, and super specialty facilities is likely to be affected. However, emergency services will be functional in the hospitals, he added.

He said that Karnataka government is planning to table the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments (Amendment) Bill2017 to regulate the private sector and fix price rates.

"The amendment proposed is unreasonable in many ways, the amendment proposed are 'draconian' and against private hospitals, doctors and patients," Dr Kamath said.

Despite several representations made by the different hospitals' and doctors' associations to the Chief Minister and Health Minister of Karnataka, the government remains biased against pleas of the private medical establishments.

He urged the government to implement Vikramjith Sen Committee report that had recommended that government hospitals too be brought under the KPME Act. The IMA is also planning to launch relay hunger strike in Belagavi on November 14, if the demands are not met on November 13.

He said doctors from across the State representing various associations, will participate.

Nursing Homes and Hospital Management Associations President Dr Yusuf Kumble said once introduced the Act will damage the Karnataka healthcare system.

IMA Mangaluru convener Dr Annayya Kulal said that government hospitals cannot provide emergency treatment to patients during the doctors protest on November 3. The Karnataka's health care system will come to a halt with the protest by the private doctors.

There are 1,300 doctors in IMA Mangaluru branch. There are 174 IMA branches across the State.

Ayush doctors

Ayush Foundation, an association of Ayush doctors said in a release, that in protest against KPME Act, the Ayush doctors too will hold a protest in Belagavi on November 13. Foundation President Dr Ashajyothi Rai said that all the Ayush clinics will remain closed on the day.

DH News Service

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