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The doctors contend that the decision to replace the Medical Council of India with a new body will "cripple" the industry.

NMC Bill introduced the concept of "bridge courses" that allows Ayush doctors to practice allopathy that irked modern medicine doctors.

The Indian Medical Association Gujarat branch will observe a black day on Tuesday to protest the National Medical Commission Bill that was tabled in the Lok Sabha.

Healthcare services at many private hospitals in the country are expected to be hit due to the shutdown. "Since, the strike may involve a large number of medical professionals, it is anticipated that there would be inconvenience to the patient care services in hospitals", the health ministry advisory said.

The advisory has been issued to AIIMS, Safdarjung Hospital and other such central government-run hospitals.

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Aiming to ensure transparency, the bill also seeks to allow practitioners of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy, to practice modern medicine once they complete a short term "bridge" course.

Though the bandh was called by Indian Medical Association (IMA), doctors working in various government services have pledged their support to the cause.

Health minister Nadda speaking on the medical commission bill in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

Dr Vivek Chouksey, president of the Federation of Resident Doctors Association, told NDTV that politicians were trying to push the bill on them, but they were keeping away from the protest for the sake of patients.

On Monday, a delegation of the IMA led by President KK Aggarwal and its national President Ravi Wankhede met Nadda, seeking strict amendments in the Bill. He said The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has strongly opposed the bill and has appealed to the prime minister to revise it in the larger interest of the medical profession.


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