Private medical facilities to stay shut in Lucknow on Tuesday

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LUCKNOW: Around 3000 private medical facilities including nursing homes, clinics, diagnostics and pathology centres will remain shut in the city on June 6 with the Indian Medical Association (IMA) giving the call for a nationwide protest. With private practitioners from the city ready to go to Delhi for the march, patients in the city will face a tough time with private medical facilities off reach on Tuesday.

Holding the ‘Dilli Chalo’ protest march with a charter of 14 demands, protesting doctors have demanded a central strict act to be established for stopping violence against doctors. “Everyday there is some or other doctor assaulted. We cannot work under fear and stress if these acts of violence against medical professionals is not dealt with strictly,” said Dr PK Gupta, president, IMA Lucknow branch.

The other demands also include registering of a medical complaint by a patient or attendant to the chief medical officer or to the Medical Council of India (MCI) before police lodges an FIR. “Recently two doctors of King George’s Medical University (KGMU) were accused of kidney theft and an FIR lodged in Barabanki, without consulting a medical board. In the high level committee report, it has now been proved that the patient has both his kidneys. Why should the police lodge a case in the medical field on one sided complaint?” he added.

The march on Tuesday that will commence from Rajghat and end at Indira Gandhi indoor stadium, is likely to be attended by Pravin Togadia, president of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) in his capacity as a doctor. The protest is also being launched against the proposed national exit test for MBBS students, for decriminalisation of medical practice over clerical errors, increase in health budget from 1% to 2.5% and about aspects of the generic medicine, including the demand to have not much difference between rates of generic and branded medicines.

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