Ahmedabad: On Sunday a group of medical students and doctors from across the state held a ‘pakora protest’ at  Ahmedabad district collectorate against the provision in the draft National Medical Commission(NMC) Bill for a bridge course of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) doctors that enabled them to practice allopathy. The protesting medicos held placards with slogans against the bill and held a symbolic protest by frying pakoras in front of the collector’s office.

The National Medical Commission Bill, was introduced by the Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Mr. J. P. Nadda in Lok Sabha on December 29, 2017.  The Bill seeks to repeal the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 and provide for a medical education system which ensures: (i) availability of adequate and high quality medical professionals, (ii) adoption of the latest medical research by medical professionals, (iii) periodic assessment of medical institutions, and (iv) an effective grievance redressal mechanism. But the fundamental flaw in the proposed Medical Commission is the lack of clarity on its function.

NMC had introduced the provision in the bill of allowing the homoeopathy and Ayurvedic doctors to practice allopathy at a time when MBBS doctors are compelled to give the exit test after five years of the course to start their practice. One of the protesting doctors Dr.Sunil Shah told English newspaper Times of India that doctors of other branches like Ayurveda and homeopathy giving allopathic medicines to the patients can lead to a state where in the patients’ body will develop resistance and that particular medicine will not be helpful.