Over 1000 doctors gathered at Jantar Mantar on Monday morning to protest the implementation of Clinical Establishment (Registration and Regulation) Act 2010 by the government. The doctors voiced their resentment against the introduction of proposed National Council for Human Resources in Health (NCHRH) Bill-2011.
"The clinical establishment act passed by the centre was proposed to be adopted by Delhi Vidhan Sabha. It is unwarranted as the medical profession is already governed by number of acts and government regulating bodies like Nursing homes Act, MCI which monitor single Doctor Clinic to tertiary care Medical Establishment," said Dr Harish Gupta, president, Delhi Medical Association.
“The implementation of this act will lead to license and inspector Raj, harsh penalties on Medicos, closure of single doctor clinics and small medical establishments,”he said.
The doctors also feared that the medical cost will increase manifold affecting general public.
"If adopted by the state, the new bill is going to adversely affect the medical profession and medical education. The NCHRH will overrule all the councils of medical profession, which means that the powers of Medical Council of India, Dental Council, Pharmacist Council and Nursing Council will be lost," said Dr. Vijay Kohli, honorary state secretary, DMA.
Prof. Dr GK Ramachandrappa, national president, Indian Medical Association said that the proposed act will take away the powers of state government on an important subject like health which has always been a state subject. "The move will damage the federal structure of Indian constitution and spoil health care delivery system," he said.
The doctors are also threatening to go on a nationwide strike on June 25 protesting the Acts.