Mixed response for doctors' strike in Bengaluru

Mixed response for doctors' strike in Bengaluru

The Nationwide strike called by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Tuesday to protest the National Medical Commission Bill has received a mixed response in the City.

Many hospitals continued services of the Out Patient Department (OPD), while a few other hospitals stopped the services.  

Most hospitals are likely to resume the OPD services by evening.

Some of the hospitals including Manipal hospital, Sakra hospital, Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain hospital among others continued their outpatient services.

Doctors of Fortis hospital wore a black badge to show their solidarity to the cause while the outpatient service of the hospital remained open.

" The protest is voluntary. We are waiting for a response from the government. If the Bill is passed, then the protest will be intensified," said Dr HN Ravindra, president, IMA, Karnataka.

Dr R Ravindra, secretary of Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association said that closure of OPDs were voluntary.

Dr Bharath Kumar, president of Karnataka Medical Students and Youth Doctors Association said that IMA would take a decision regarding the protests.

"It was a short notice from the IMA at the centre for the bandh call. Hospitals may choose to close the OPD or continue the service. We are waiting to know if the amendment will turn in favour of the doctors," he said.

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